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NY canoe camping area comes with rules

Newcomb, N.Y. (AP) -- Canoe campers seeking solace in New York's newest lake-studded Adirondack playground will encounter a few rules that run counter to the region's tradition of unfettered access.

In the Essex Chain Lakes, permits are required to pitch a tent under lakeside pines. And forget toasting marshmallows over a crackling fire. Campfires are forbidden.

The rules are part of a management plan proposed for the Essex Chain Lakes near Newcomb in Essex County. The Department of Environmental Conservation has opened the area to camping under an interim plan that includes 13 tent sites accessible by permits administered by the Adirondack Interpretive Center.

The permit system is the only one of its kind in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The eastern High Peaks Wilderness near Lake Placid also has a campfire ban.

 
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