Because of damage caused by flooding, the roads in the Moose River Plains will not be open for Memorial Day weekend, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
DEC spokesman David Winchell said work crews have not yet repaired washouts created by snowmelt and spring rains. He expects the roads will be fixed sometime in June. “The intent is to have the open as soon as we can,” he said.
Last year, DEC touched off a controversy when it proposed to keep the Moose River Plains roads closed all year to save money. DEC relented after local governments agreed to help repair and maintain the roads. Winchell said the local governments–Hamilton County and the towns of Inlet and Indian Lake–will pitch in again this year.
Several other Forest Preserve also will not open in time for the holiday weekend. Following is DEC’s list of closed roads and roads that have been recently opened.
NOTE: Since I originally uploaded this post, I have been told by DEC that the Powley-Piseco Road is open. This road runs through the Ferris Lake Wild Forest in the southern Adirondacks.
- Ausable Point Campground and Day Use Area and access road
- Mountain bikers should avoid using the Flume Bike Trail System in Wilmington to prevent damaging it
- Moose River Plains Road System, gates are closed at Limekiln Lake and Cedar River Flow
- Cedar River Road is also closed near its terminus, preventing motorized access to the campsites near Wakely Dam and the Cedar River Headquarters
- Old Military Road and Jessup River Road, preventing motor vehicle access to the Pillsbury Mountain and Spruce Lake trailheads
- Haskell-West River Road along the West Canada Creek from Route 8 into the Black River Wild Forest
- Old Farm Road near Thirteenth Lake, preventing motor vehicle access to the trailhead – park at the snowplow turnaround
- Lily Pond Road near Brant Lake
- Jabe Pond Road near Hague
- Gay Pond Road in the Hudson River Recreation Area.
- Dacy Clearing Road
RECENTLY OPENED FACILITIES
- All DEC Campgrounds and Day Use Areas except Ausable Point
- Moose Pond Road in Town of St. Armand
- Elk Lake Road in the Town of North Hudson
- Connery Pond Road between Lake Placid and Wilmington
- Upper and Lower Locks on the Saranac Lakes Chain
- Corey’s Road which accesses the western High Peaks from State Route 3
- Madwaska Flow Road on the Santa Clara Tract Conservation Easement Lands
- Pinnacle Road on the Santa Clara Tract Conservation Easement Lands
- Perkins Clearing Road north of Speculator
- Lake Lila Road in the William C. Whitney Wilderness, the road is still rough in some areas – use caution
- Wolf Lake Landing Road in the hamlet of McKeever is only open to high clearance vehicles
- Lake George (Million Dollar) Beach
- Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Toll Road in Lake George
- River Road in the Hudson River Recreation Area, however it is muddy and rutted
- Two designated campsites at Scofield Flats and two designated campsites at Pikes Beach in the Hudson River Recreation Area are currently restricted to day use only.
- Shelving Rock Road
- Dacy Clearing Parking Lot