A lake-studded region in the central Adirondacks is now open for backcountry tent camping.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that 22 tent sites are now available in the Essex Chain Lakes region near Newcomb. Thirteen of the sites are along lakefronts and must be reserved through a permit system administered by the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb.
Cuomo said access improvements have created increased paddling opportunities.
In addition, the Department of Environmental Conservation has released a draft recreation management plan that proposes to increase public access for outdoor recreation on six tracts of land in the central Adirondacks. It's open to public comment through July 18.
Information about access to the lands and reserving campsites is available on the DEC website.