The DEC recently drafted a plan to improve tourism in the Essex Chain Lake Complex by expanding recreational opportunities and enhancing access to certain areas within the Complex. Your comments are currently welcome on the draft, and public hearings will be held in Newcomb and Indian Lake two weeks from now.
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The Essex Chain Lakes Complex consists of 19,600 acres of lands and waters in the central region of the Adirondacks. It is currently used for paddling, fishing, camping, hunting, horseback riding, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Expanding recreational opportunities would help to improve usability for those who currently take advantage of the Complex, while also attracting new users to the region.
Some of the DEC’s key proposals include:
- Establishing a system of trails for biking and equestrian use
- Designating routes for public motor vehicle access, including parking
- Designating additional camping opportunities, including the placement of lean-to’s within the Complex area
- Constructing a bridge over the Cedar River to provide a route for four season recreation including hiking, biking, horse riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing
To see more key proposals, read the DEC’s Draft Plan online. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the DEC’s aims, you can attend one of the DEC’s public hearings on Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00pm at the Newcomb Central School auditorium or on Thursday, July 9 at 7:00pm at the Indian Lake Theater.
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