Tuesday, April 21, 2020

COVID-19 related Closings and Delays in the Adirondacks

Updated on 7/4

As local and visitors to our region are trying to make plans and figure out what the summer season will bring, we are keeping a close look on popular Adirondack area attractions and putting together this list of closures/delays. This is where we’ll add openings, too as they happen (scroll to the bottom of the list to see what’s there now)

Feel free to contribute in the comments section and/or send notices to [email protected]

Accommodations

Elk Lake Lodge (North Hudson) — closed for 2020 season

Great Camp Sagamore (Raquette Lake) — closed for 2020 season

 

Attractions

Adirondack Carousel (Saranac Lake) — closed until further notice

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Blue Mountain Lake) — online offerings only through the summer season

Adirondack Experience museum (Blue Mountain Lake) — offering digital programming only for this summer season

The Clinton County Historical Association Museum (Plattsburgh) will remain closed to the public indefinitely. In addition, the opening of the Bluff Point Lighthouse is also on hold.

Fulton County Historical Society & Museum (Gloversville) — closed for the 2020 season

Island Chapel (Upper Saranac Lake) — closed for 2020

Lake Luzerne Music Center (Lake Luzerne) — summer camp and concert season are cancelled

Meadowmount School of Music (Westport) — closed for the summer

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) — Adirondack programs delayed until July 

Olympic Regional Development Authority — attractions include the Olympic Center, Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Jumping Complex and the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg — remain closed.

Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake) — digital only season planned 

Raquette Lake Navigation (Raquette Lake) — closed for the 2020 season

Schroon North Hudson Historical Museum — closed for the summer

Seagle Music Colony (Schroon Lake) — canceled summer season

The Sembrich (Bolton Landing) — summer music festival cancelled; museum currently closed

Six Flags Great Escape Resort (Lake George) — Theme park and lodge are temporarily closed

 

Events

Speculator Craft Fair (Speculator) — Hamilton County Twigs will not hold its annual August craft fair this year.

Adirondack Balloon Festival (Queensbury) — Canceled in 2020

90 Miler Canoe Race, aka the Adirondack Canoe Classic (Old Forge to Saranac Lake) — Canceled in 2020.

Adirondack Folk Music Festival (Schroon Lake) — Canceled, along with summer concert series in Schroon Lake.
The next festival is scheduled for Aug. 15, 2021.

Depot Theatre (Westport) — 2020 season canceled/postponed until 2021; alternative programming planned.

Clinton County Fair (Morrisonville) — canceled for 2020

Essex County Fair (Westport) — canceled for 2020

Franklin County Fair (Malone) – canceled for 2020

Elvis Festival (Lake George) — canceled

Fishing tournaments (Massena) — The Town of Massena and Fishing League Worldwide are canceling two major FLW tournaments that were to have been held in Massena this summer. The Toyota Series 2020 Tournament (July 9 to 13) and Pro Circuit Championship (Aug. 24 to 29) are both canceled.

Otis Mountain Get Down  (Elizabethtown) — Annual music festival canceled

Lake George Music Festival (Lake George) — Season postponed to 2021; virtual events planned

Lake Placid Sinfonietta (Lake Placid) — Summer season canceled

Lake Placid Horse Shows (Lake Placid) — canceled their events/summer season

Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls) — Summer program/events canceled

Saranac Lake weekly concerts on the green — canceled

Ausable Two-Fly Challenge (Wilmington) – rescheduled for September 17-19, 2020

Black Fly Challenge (Inlet/Indian Lake) – postponed until June 12, 2021

Hoss’s Country Corner (Long Lake) — canceled this year’s Authors Night

Summer Naturalist Programs at Heart Lake (Lake Placid) – canceled for 2020

Ticonderoga Triathlon Festival (Ticonderoga) – Postponed until June 19, 2021.

Tupper Lake Tinman (Tupper Lake) – Will be held as a virtual event open from June 27 to July 27.

Tupper Lake Warrior Run (Tupper Lake) – postponed until Fall 2020

Wilmington Uphill Bike Race (Wilmington) – postponed until 2021

Wilmington-Whiteface 100K (Wilmington) – postponed until fall 2020

 

RECREATION:

Trails closed

Pilot Knob (Lake George)

The Pinnacle (Bolton)

Silver Lake Bog Trail (Clinton County)

Cobble Hill (Lake Placid)

Rattlesnake Mountain (Willsboro)

 

Other recreation

Otter Creek Horse Trails: Campground, restrooms closed (Lewis County)

Lake Flower Boat Launch is closed due to construction (not COVID-related) (Saranac Lake)

Whiteface Mountain Ski Area is closed to public access. This blocks public access to Bear Den Mountain Trailhead and Trail.

The shuttle in the town of Keene between the Marcy Field Parking Lot and the Garden Trailhead remains closed.

Youth summer camps are closed to overnight stays. Day camps are still permitted.

 

Trail challenges on hold 

Northville-Placid Trail

Firetower challenge

Fulton Chain Trifecta

 

Openings/updates

DEC fire towers: open

DEC campgrounds: DEC-managed campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills are now open. Reservation system for booking stays opens Monday, July 6 for stays starting July 10.

Ausable Chasm (Port Kent) — While adventurous activities, like tubing and rock climbing, aren’t yet available, the park’s five miles of scenic trails have been opened for hiking and exploring since June 15.

The Wild Center — plans to reopen on July 15

Saranac Lake Chamber’s Welcome Center — set to reopen July 2

Ironman (Lake Placid) — New triathlon date set for Aug. 30 Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid triathlon (half the distance of the 140.6-mile full Ironman) set for Sept. 13.

Lake George Steamboat Co. (Lake George) — Opened on June 13

Hotel Saranac (Saranac Lake) — Reopened June 15

The Hedges (Blue Mountain Lake) — Opened June 17

Adirondack Plein Air Festival (throughout the Park) — taking place July 30-Aug. 19, with online exhibition and art sale starting Aug. 23 at www.saranaclakeartworks.org.

TAUNY Center and Folk Store (Canton) — Reopened on June 8.

Adirondack Artists Guild (Saranac Lake) —  Begins gradual reopening on June 19. For the remainder of June, the Gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 – 3 pm, which could expand in July.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts (Lake Placid) — Gallery 46 on Main Street is open to the public: https://www.gallery46.org/

Enchanted Forest Water Safari (Old Forge) — Set a target date of July 5 for opening (updated from original date of June 27)

View Arts Center (Old Forge) has a target reopening to the public on June 29.

Fort Ticonderoga (Ticonderoga) — Opening for the season on June 30

Adirondack Animal Land (Gloversville) — Opening July 1 as a drive-through attraction

Adirondack Folk School (Lake Luzerne) has a target reopening date of July 6.

Tupper Arts Center (Tupper Lake) has a target reopening of July 15.

The 2020 SiteOne Bassmaster Elite tournament on the St. Lawrence is slated to take place July 23-26. The following week, from July 30-Aug. 2, Bassmaster Elite tournament takes place on Lake Champlain.

NYS Campgrounds: New York State Park campsites, cabins and cottages are currently open to those with existing reservations. New reservations for all available sites – including tents, trailers, RVs, cabins, yurts and cottages – are now open for camping stays beginning on June 22. Reservations are expected to fill quickly. Online reservations are encouraged. You must have a reservation to camp. No walk-up camping stays will be accepted. This does not apply to facilities operated by the NYS DEC.

Whiteface Club and Resort (Lake Placid) is in the process of reopening.

The Lake Champlain Ferry between Essex, NY and Charlotte, VT is scheduled to reopen on May 1.

Spirit Airlines to resume service to/from Plattsburgh airport starting May 2

NYS-run beaches opened Friday, May 22.

Adirondack Mountain Club’s High Peaks Information Center reopened May 22. Parking at Adirondak Loj Trailhead remains open to the public for a fee, but vehicles should be more than six feet apart. The restrooms on the back porch of the High Peaks Information Center are also open.

For a complete update of ADK-owned and managed properties and programs, go here: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/05/adirondack-mountain-club-extends-property-closures.html

 

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30 Responses

  1. Jim Weir says:

    I think your site is very informative.

  2. Robert Kibbey says:

    Thank you for these updates.

  3. Rocket says:

    Why would the State close Cobble Lookout which is a kid friendly short hike and still leave Cascade MTN open?? I see 10-15 cars their every weekend when I go to survey falcons nesting. Is the State afraid to close a high peak?? What BS

  4. Janet Stratton says:

    Thank you for this information!

    Janet

  5. Nancy Grosselfinger says:

    Great Camp Sagamore’s website says it is delaying opening until July 2020. This website says it is ‘closed’. Which is more accurate please?

  6. Steve says:

    There is an error in the report. The trail to Cobble Hill in Lake Placid is closed. This trail crosses Northwood School property. The Cobble Lookout Trail in Wilmington is open.

  7. Joseph DeGirolamo says:

    We have a camp on 3rd lake and we launch our boat in Hollywood hills and 1st lake is that still open? What is it

  8. kevin kielar says:

    If it’s NOT a NYS/DEC campground can they still open?

  9. Traci Schuck says:

    Will Lake George entertainment on Canada st be closed around may 15?

  10. Jennifer brammer says:

    Will lake Harris campground be opening.

  11. Susan says:

    NYS campgrounds are currently open.

  12. Laurie says:

    The Lake George Steamboat Company opens for the season today, 6/13.

  13. Brian says:

    Curious about the reasoning behind not allowing new reservations to be made once it has been decided a campground can be opened? I’ve been camping on Narrow Island for years; but looks like i’ll be locked out this year. Very frustrating for a resident camper who lives less than 20 miles from the campground. Also curious about the perceived threat of virus spread on island campsites; which are spread farther apart and have dedicated outhouses?

  14. Michael Bendaravicius says:

    What about airborne and Mohawk Raceway when are we able to go to tracks watch racing

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