Attendance up at St. Lawrence River area parks
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 10:02 pm

Attendance at state park campgrounds surged to an all-time high this year, fueled by a camping discount along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River regions, according to a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Through Columbus Day, campsites, cabins, cottages and yurts at parks’ campgrounds were occupied for 680,533 nights, surpassing the previous 2018 record of 663,953 nights. Total reservations so far this year were also up, to 213,153, surpassing the previous record of 212,358 set in 2016.

With the announcement of a 50 percent discount Aug. 1 on fees at more than 30 campgrounds, parks and boat launches along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence, those campgrounds received 10,263 new reservations. This represents about 36,000 additional visitors to a region impacted by high lake levels.