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Old 06-16-2015, 07:24 AM   #1
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Esex Chain

So I can't have a fire, have to camp on marked campsites reserved in advance sight unseen if any are available, and now I learn the center where I go to sign up for a site doesn't open till 10:00 AM? Then I have a long drive and 2 carrys to the first campsite. I usually launch at dawn! Do I have this right?
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:58 AM   #2
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Sure keeps the rif raf away....
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:28 AM   #3
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You can reserve sites over the phone in advance, don't have to do it in person.

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Old 06-16-2015, 12:04 PM   #4
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My understanding is that the intent behind the regulations was to prevent a sudden onslaught of visitors after the property became open to the public. I've spoken with rangers who indicated that Little Tupper Lake was a very busy place the first few summers after the Whitney Property was acquired.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:19 PM   #5
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I visited Little Tupper Lake in the first weeks that it was open to the public, and camped there within the first few weeks that camping was allowed. The first year there was a camp by permit only regulation, on sites unseen.

I also visited the Essex Chain Lakes soon after public admittance. I didn't camp on the lakes (no camping was allowed) but I spent plenty of time on the water there.

The contrast between properties is amazing to me...LTL was pristine and extremely well protected, barely a foot path anywhere, no garbage, no residue, even at the former private holdings. Even though it had been extensively logged, you couldn't tell from the water.
The chain lakes, however, were a snithole of a mess, garbage everywhere, rusting barrels, old charcoal grills, lawn chairs, old stoves, piles of broken glass, permanent structures on state land...and yet, no fires allowed.

I can only hope that the area will be cleaned up and regulations eventually relaxed.

And I may as well continue my rant and mention the plans for a permanent bridge over the Cedar River...what a shame.
Oh, and let's not forget the exclusively reserved campsites on First and Pine lakes, on public state land, that only float plane customers can utilize.
C'mon, what kind of deal is that!? I can't believe that is even legal.

The DEC is again soliciting opinions on the revised Essex Chain Lakes plan...please, everyone that is dissatisfied, express your displeasure directly to the DEC.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:37 PM   #6
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I paddled in to the Essex Chain a week ago Friday for the first time. Day trip so no permit required. It is a nice place and pretty enough, but no better or prettier than many other areas in the park. I didn't check out the camp sites or get any fishing in, just a quick 3 hour jaunt on my way home from my camp which is in the NW portion of the park. I'll get back again sometime, but there are a lot of other places on the to-do list as well. Preston Pond for instance.

Bottom line, a very nice place, but not the end all in the Adirondacks.

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Old 06-16-2015, 03:47 PM   #7
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Sorry for my rant. I'll go else ware.
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