The following regulation is codified within New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) under…
- Title 6, Department of Environmental Conservation
190.7 Public campgrounds
The following sections of this Part apply to persons using public campgrounds under the jurisdiction of the department unless specified otherwise in this section: 190.0, 190.1, 190.2, 190.8 and 190.9. The following additional requirements apply to public campgrounds and in the event of a conflict, these specific regulations will control:
(1) All persons entering a public campground for any purpose must register with the facility supervisor or his designated representative.
(2) All persons who are camping will occupy and place equipment only on the site assigned by the facility supervisor or his designated representative.
(3) Firearms may be possessed on the public campground only during the spring and fall hunting seasons. Unless otherwise posted, no discharge of firearms is permitted.
(4) Except for fires in stoves, all fires in public campgrounds must be built in the fireplaces provided for that purpose.
(5) Swimming on any public campground bathing area is prohibited from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise.
(6) All persons camping on a public campground must obtain a camping permit from the facility supervisor or his designated representative. No person under 18 years of age shall apply for, or be issued a camping permit. Permittees must produce adequate identification and proof of age upon demand and furnish the full names of all persons in the camping party. The person to whom the camping permit is issued is responsible for the conduct of all persons under 18 years of age in the party and is liable for any violations of campground rules and regulations committed by any member of the party under 18 years of age. No person under 18 years of age shall be permitted to camp unless they are accompanied and supervised during their stay by a person who is 18 years of age or older and who has signed the permit for the camping party of which such person under 18 years of age is a member.
(7) The playing of athletic games or the engaging in other activities of a rough or boisterous nature is prohibited except on designated game areas.
(8) No person shall fail to comply with a lawful instruction of an employee of the department.
(9) No water toys, tubes or floating devices will be permitted on the designated bathing areas of any campground or in the water with the exception of Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices.
(10) All animals, except household pets and horses, are prohibited on public campgrounds when the campground is open. Horses are only allowed on designated areas. Household pets are not permitted on bathing areas or in picnic areas or structures at any time. When harbored or possessed in camping sections, pets must be confined on a leash or otherwise confined to restrict them to the campsite area of the owner. Pets cannot be left unattended. Disruptive or vicious animals must be removed from the campground. Dogs may be walked on a leash no more than 6 feet long, provided they are under control at all times. The owner must also properly dispose of the animal’s excrement. Proof of a valid rabies inoculation for dogs is required.
(11) No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any portion of any campground at a speed in excess of the posted speed limit, and no person shall fail to comply with any traffic control sign or device within the recreational facility, not shall vehicles of any kind be allowed to park or stand on any roadway within the campground.
(12) Quiet must be observed between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
(13) The possession of alcoholic beverages or glass containers of any kind on campground bathing beaches is prohibited.
(14) The changing into or out of bathing suits or any clothing which would require completely undressing is prohibited except in fully enclosed tents, in house trailers, in motor homes or in bathhouses provided for the purpose.
(15) Camping permits at the public campgrounds will be issued for periods not in excess of 14 nights and may be renewed depending upon availability of sites. At Rollins Pond Public Campground and Bear Spring Mountain Public Campground the department may elect to permit seasonal camping.
(16) Unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, no person under 21 years of age shall possess alcoholic beverages within any campground. Persons age 21 or over who possess or consume alcoholic beverages must produce adequate identification and proof of age upon demand by the campground facility supervisor, park ranger or any peace or police officer.
(17) Any use of a public campground by any person who is not a member of a camping party is day-use. Day-use shall be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. unless otherwise posted. No day-users are allowed in recreational facilities between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
(18) The possession of fireworks of any nature within a public campground is prohibited.
(19) No person shall sell or offer for sale any articles, commodities or services within a public campground without a permit from the department.
(20) No boat or other watercraft of any type will be allowed within the bathing area at a public campground. No boat or other watercraft of any type shall be launched or beached within the campground except at points designated for that purpose.
(21) Violation of any provision of this Part shall be grounds to remove the violator from the campground and deny the violator use of the facility. Any person so denied shall not be entitled to any refund of fees or to future use of the facility within one week of denial.
(b) For the purpose of this subdivision, the term Lake George Islands Public Campground means all State-owned islands and developed day-use and camping areas on the mainland at Black Mountain Point, Red Rock Bay, Commission Point and Black Mountain shoreline. At Lake George Islands Public Campground, the following additional regulations apply:
(1) No dogs, except for Seeing Eye dogs in actual use, are permitted on State lands, docks, or on vessels moored at docks, comprising the Lake George Islands Public Campground.
(2) Boats will not be permitted overnight mooring at State docks located adjacent to picnic areas without obtaining a camping permit and prior approval from the facility supervisor or his representative. Permission will only be granted under permit if regular tent sites or cruiser docks are not available. Parties granted permission to moor overnight at picnic area docks will be subject to a service charge and will be required to vacate the dockage by 9 a.m. of the next morning.
(c) At Lake George Battlefield Park, the following additional regulations apply:
(1) Hunting, trapping or possessing firearms on any portion of the Lake George Battlefield Park is prohibited at all times.
(2) No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any portion of the Lake George Battlefield Park at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour, nor shall any person operate a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of 30 miles per hour on that portion of the Fort George Park County Road No. 20A, commonly known as the Dowling Road, lying within the Lake George Battlefield Park, nor shall any vehicle of any nature be parked or allowed to stand on the pavement or shoulders of this portion of the road.
(3) Unless otherwise permitted, there shall be no overnight camping on any portion of the Lake George Battlefield Park or adjoining State lands.
(4) Any person who possesses a household pet on the Lake George Battlefield Park shall keep such animal on a leash or otherwise confined at all times.
(d) At Lake George Beach Park, the following additional regulations apply:
(1) No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any park road or parking area at a speed in excess of 30 miles per hour, nor shall any vehicle of any kind be allowed to park or stand on any roadway within the park.
(2) Household pets are permitted only in the parking field, on the roadways and on the through walkway provided they are kept on leash or otherwise confined at all times.
(3) Swimming in the park or in the water adjacent thereto is prohibited from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise.
(e) Saranac Lake Public Campground.
The State-owned islands and shoreline, to a point 1,000 feet landward from the water’s edge of Lower Saranac Lake, the Saranac River from Lower Saranac Lake to and including First Pond and Second Pond, not including the public access to the Saranac waterway located on Second Pond, shall be designated the Saranac Lake Public Campground.
(f) For the purpose of this subdivision, Rollins Pond Public Campground means those forest preserve lands lying and situated in the Town of Santa Clara, Franklin County and consisting of the State-owned lands on the eastern shore of Rollins Pond within 300 feet horizontal distance from the high-water mark of Rollins Pond.
(1) No person who is a registered or permitted user of the Rollins Pond Public Campground shall launch any mechanically propelled vessel powered by a motor with a rating of greater than 25 horsepower from the boat launching site at said pond.
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