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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is discontinuing electrical hookups at the AuSable Point Public Campground on Lake Champlain, citing safety concerns and the requirement to keep things rustic inside the state Forest Preserve.
The Associated Press reported that the agency said the hookups at 43 campsites are nearly 40 years old, they no longer meet code requirements, and the 15-amp services are insufficient for current camping trailers and recreational vehicles.
The DEC, which took over park management in 1973, said it will remove the electrical equipment since, under the state master plan for the Adirondack Park, it can’t be replaced and upgraded.
Safety was the “main impetus,” DEC spokeswoman Maureen Wren said.
According to the state master plan: “All campgrounds within the Adirondack Forest Preserve will be of a rustic nature without utility hookups and other elaborate facilities customarily provided by private campgrounds. Each individual campsite will retain the natural character of the surrounding forest and will contain only a fireplace or fire ring, a space for a single vehicle with trailer if needed, picnic table and appropriate sites.”
The agency replaced the campground’s potable water-distribution system in 1993, the sewage system in 1994, and the shower building in 2001, with a new picnic shelter under way.