DEC changes camping policies to make last-minute booking easier

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ALBANY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced changes for the upcoming camping season, such as same-day reservations, to add flexibility to last-minute bookings.

Campers will now be able to reserve a campsite as late as 5 p.m. on their date of arrival at DEC’s 52 campgrounds.

“DEC is excited to make some changes and updates to this year’s reservation window for DEC campgrounds,” DEC Commissioner, Basil Seggos, said in a statement. “While many campers book weeks or months in advance, there continues to be a high demand for last-minute bookings.”

The public will also be able to book a one-night stay for the 2023 season at any DEC campground beginning April 7. This will mean that gaps between reservations will be able to be filled earlier than in the past, according to the DEC announcement about the changes.

“Adding same-day reservations will allow our customers to check availability and book a reservation on their way to a campground,” Seggos said in a statement. “An additional 17 hours to book a camping stay will ensure sites are available before arriving and prevent anyone from arriving to a full campground.”

For more information on DEC-operated campgrounds, including a list of campgrounds and schedules, visit or call DEC’s Bureau of Recreation at 518-457-2500. To make reservations at any of DEC’s camping facilities, call ReserveAmerica at 1-800-456-CAMP (2267) or visit

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