Hi-de-ho campers! Good news. Changes are coming to New York State campgrounds that will allow more people to enjoy them this summer.

Want to book a last-minute camping trip with the family? You're in luck. It just got a whole lot easier in New York.

Reservations at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) campgrounds are changing. It'll now include new same-day reservations to help add flexibility and ease to last-minute bookings for the upcoming season. One night stays will also be available.

"While many campers book weeks or months in advance, there continues to be a high demand for last-minute bookings," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Adding same-day reservations will allow our customers to check availability and book a reservation on their way to a campground. "

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Same Day Reservations

In past years, campsites were booked months in advance. Now campers can book the same day, as late as 5 PM. One-night stays will also be available at any DEC campground season starting on April 7, 2023.

"Gaps between reservations will be able to be filled earlier than in the past."

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The New York camping season begins May 19.

For more information on the 52 DEC-operated campgrounds, including a list of campgrounds and schedules, visit the DEC's website. You can also call the DEC's Bureau of Recreation at 518-457-2500. To make a reservation at any DEC camping facility, call ReserveAmerica at 1-800-456-CAMP (2267) or visit ReserveAmerica.com.

Happy camping!

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