Flooding Subsides; N.Y. State Tourist Area Reopens

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June 20, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Many of the campgrounds and marinas in New York state's southern Essex County bordering Lake Champlain that were shuttered by recent floods are preparing to open for the season, the Plattsburgh Press-Republican reported.

Most campgrounds open at the end of April, but flooding after severe storms at that time this year forced postponements.


Crown Point Town Supervisor Bethany Kosmider said seasonal campers have been arriving at Monitor Bay Town Campground, which opened Thursday (June 16).

"We got the permit from (State) Department of Health. It's open. The campers are there."

While they were waiting for the water level to go down, the town had to hire an engineer and reshuffle some campsites the state said were too close together, Kosmider said.

"We reset those that were closer than 10 feet apart. The rest we'll rearrange in the fall."

The Monitor Bay Town Boat Launch is also open but still has some water, she said.

"We have signs up warning people. The launch is still usable."

She said a bass fishing tournament at Monitor Bay this weekend didn't have to be canceled.

"There's 20, 30 boats there now," she said Friday. "We're back in business."


Van Slooten Harbour Marina in Port Henry was preparing to open over the next few days, Manager Ronald Van Slooten said.

National Grid turned on power to the marina Friday morning. It had been shut off because of flooding at the site.

The Dockside Cafe at Van Slooten's is open now, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The access road to the marina is clear of water now. An alternate road through an adjacent field had been in use while the main entrance was under water.


Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said Bulwagga Bay Town Campground next to the Town Beach is open, but not the beach itself.

"The beach we plan to open June 25 … unless something drastic happens that would prohibit it."

He said there's no charge to use the beach or the picnic pavilion next door.

"It's a service for the people. A lot of local people use it and use the pavilion."

Scozzafava said none of the lakefront sites at the campground are open and may not be available this year.

"We're moving people from lakefront sites to other sites. We'll prorate the seasonal campers."

He said the town expects to lose about $45,000 in revenue from seasonal campers because of the flooding, about one-third of the annual income from the campground.

The town will have to clean the campground and beach, Scozzafava said, but the lifeguards have been hired and start June 24.

"We have to do a water sample at the beach next week. We have to do some work on it. We have to make sure all the debris is cleared."


The Port Henry Village Campground now has an opening date of July 1, Village Clerk Denise Daly said.

"The (Village) Board has set a tentative opening date for the campground and beach for July 1. They do anticipate that both will open on this date, as the necessary repairs and cleanup process have begun."

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