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Old 06-30-2017, 11:32 AM   #1
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Question Semi Accessible Camping at Indian Lake

My family has camped at Indian Lake since my Dad was a little boy, but my brother is now in a wheel chair and can't manage our favorite sites. He has the option of getting an all terrain/mountain bike style wheelchair, and I was wondering if any of you knew if there are any sites that had better trails from the water up to the campsite. Rocks and roots aren't the problem, its mostly how steep it is. Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2017, 03:30 PM   #2
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Dillon Park is specifically for accessible camping, on the shores of Grampus Lake.
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Nearly all of the DEC campgrounds in the Adirondacks have specialized sites for the handicapped. The sites are hard-packed, and level and the picnic tables are extended without benches so a person in a wheelchair can roll up to them. As for water access, places like Lake Durant and Cranberry Lake have fishing piers. I wish I were more fluent on this but if you do some research on DEC's camping pages and perhaps Reserve America, you may be able to learn a little more. You can also call the campground directly.

Also, at Stillwater Reservoir there is a site with wooden walkways from the campsite to an extra-large outhouse built just for folks with disabilities. I'm sure there's more around the Adirondacks.

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Old 07-06-2017, 09:51 AM   #4
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i believe indian lake is in hamilton cty
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Old 07-07-2018, 02:49 PM   #5
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A few of the nicest sites in the Moose River Plains were converted to Accessible a few years back. Picnic tables are modified to allow a wheeled chair to get right up to the table, outhouses are also set up for chair access. Icehouse Pond has an open air outhouse designed to make moving from the chair to the seat easier than a conventional design, an accessible table, and the ~ 0.4 mile trail in was improved to level most of it (there is still a small hill, but the slope was reduced somewhat) and paved with fine stone. Helldiver Pond has a site that was also improved and a small pier for launching a canoe or kayak was added, along with a stone path to the pond. While many of the trails back in the Plains would be difficult for a chair, some that are old roads might be useable, (Mitchell Ponds comes to mind) and the main road itself offers some great views and berry picking opportunities in season. The only drawback is that many newbie visitors don't seem to understand that the blue signs carry just as much clout way back in as they do out in the cities, and that these sites are reserved for the handicapped, I have seen some perfectly healthy families set up in accessible sites with no mirror hanger anywhere in site on the vehicle. Also, it is a fair drive in from either direction at the posted speed limits if all these sites are in use, but I have never seen that in all my times in there, actually I've only seen the site NW of the T (66) in use once by accessible campers, and only met folks at Icehouse once. The accessible ponds are pretty, and Helldiver might be your best chance in the 'daks to see a Moose, and at least used to be a good spot to get a mess of small bullheads for the frying pan. It might be possible to get information on whether accessible sites are open by contacting the ranger. From the website: "A camping permit is required for groups of 10 or more or for stays of more than 3 nights at one location. Contact the local Forest Ranger at 1-877-457-5680 to obtain a permit."

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