Some Moose River Plains roads will open

Yesterday, I reported that the roads in the Moose River Plains would not open in time for Memorial Day weekend. A few minutes ago I received a news release from the state Department of Environmental Conservation saying some of the roads would open after all. Following is the full text of the agency’s release.


The Moose River Plains road system in Hamilton County was partially opened today in time for the Memorial Day Weekend the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced.

The Moose River Plains (Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road) has been opened to motor vehicles from the Limekiln Lake gate at the western end near Inlet and to the Lost Ponds access road. Also the Otter Brook Road is passable to motor vehicles to the Icehouse Pond trailhead.

Rock Dam Road, the Cedar River Gate and the Wakely Dam camping area at the eastern end of the main road remain closed at this time.

The open section of the road provides access to 30 roadside campsites and numerous waters popular with anglers including Icehouse Pond, Helldiver Pond, Lost Ponds, Mitchell Ponds and Beaver Lake.

Other roads in the Adirondack Forest Preserve that have been reopened since yesterday include the Powley-Piseco Road in the Ferris Lake Wild Forest in Hamilton and Fulton Counties and the Jabe Pond Road in the Town of Hague, Warren County.

The opening of the Moose River Plains roads is due to the hard work of the local highway department staff and the successful partnership between DEC, the Towns of Inlet and Indian Lake and Hamilton County.

More details on road closures and openings, trail conditions and more can be found on the Adirondack Trail Information web pages, along with links to current weather forecasts, regulations, and safety tips (

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

Reader Interactions


  1. carol says

    that is fantastic i look forward to my stays in this park. they are very educational and relaxing to the great outdoors

  2. Lori says

    Great to hear roads are opening, a BIG thanks to all the workers from towns of Indian Lake and Inlet. I have been going here since I was a kid and Love it and bring my family here to learn and relax. Thank again for all the hard work.


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