It looks like New York State campgrounds are becoming a bargain at around $22/night for 2010. Even adding the reserveamerica.com of $9 per reservation, it's looking better and better.
Like other states, NY is facing a large budget deficit and there will be lots of changes ahead. But we have not seen any indication that camping fees will rise appreciably. What does concern us is the possibility that the NYS campgrounds may loose staffing even though some of them are very profitable.
We spend at least 30 days a year at one of the more popular state campgrounds up in the Adirondacks. We saw no evidence of any cutbacks in staff during June through August this past summer.
I do expect that some of the lesser-used parks will have cutbacks in many areas. They tried to close or reduce operating periods for several in the Adirondacks last summer. In the end, about half of them re-opened for peak season although with reduced services. Several parks that stayed open through Columbus Day were either closed early or operated with one or more camping loops closed after Labor Day.
But for the moment, New York State campgrounds seem to be OK.
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