About Our Sites
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to visit Public Conservation Areas right now?
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What are the open hours for a Public Conservation Area?
Sites are open dawn to dusk – camping is prohibited.
Are hunting, fishing, and foraging allowed?
Fishing is allowed at certain sites with a permit. Click here to get your permit, or stop in to the CLC Office (49 Main Street, Chatham, NY), between 9:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday-Friday, to get one. Hunting is allowed at certain sites. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. In order to manage the site’s natural resources, we do not allow foraging.
Is swimming allowed at Public Conservation Areas?
Swimming is not permitted at any of our sites.
Does my dog need to be on a leash?
Yes please! Many of the sites are home to sensitive habitats and wildlife, and other visitors may be scared of your dog.
What amenities are located at Public Conservation Areas?
There are no restrooms or trash cans at the sites. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics by taking all your trash with you when you leave, and staying on trails.
I’d like to have a wedding/fly a drone/organize a group/do a commercial photoshoot at a Public Conservation Area, what should I do?
Can I build a fire? Consume alcohol?
To keep our users safe, fire and alcohol consumption are not permitted.
Maintenance at our Public Conservation Areas has been supported by the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, Ellsworth Kelly and the Jack Shear Foundation, the Land Trust Alliance, the Quailwood Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Hudson River Estuary Program, the Hudson River Greenway, the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and the Wellspring Foundation. We use counters to gather data about trail use. This helps us to better understand and manage our trails, and is very important when applying for grants and other funding. To learn more about the TRAFx trail counters we use, please click here.