October 22, 2021

Area’s campsites open with changes

As the country heads toward summer and people look to for ways to have fun during the coronavirus pandemic, some camping sites are opening to only seasonal residents for the time being, while others are open to everyone — with changes.

“We have discussed the capacities of the (Cortland County Country) Music Park Campgrounds with the Cortland County Health Department, and even though we are not quite at capacity we have decided to only accept our seasonal RVers at this time,” said Ed Kowalski the president of the park. “The Health Department, who issues our operating permit for the camping, is fine with this decision. The executive board will decide as we go into June what will happen next.”

Country Hills Campgrounds in Lapeer has been open since May 1, said co-owner Denise Walker, with new guidelines. No bathhouses are open and reserving a site is contactless, with people either doing the reservation online or over the phone. She also said anyone at the campgrounds is asked to wear a mask, but that they aren’t policing people.

But the site is taking a hit. It can’t rent to those with tents because there are no bathhouses, and people can’t rent the cabins either.

“We’ve also lost out on the rallies,” Walker said. One had already canceled and they are not sure about the next one in July.

Those areas make up around 30% of the site’s businesses.

She said they also aren’t charging people for canceling, because no one could have foreseen the virus.

“We are doing OK and I hope other campgrounds are doing OK,” Walker said.

Lloyd Sutton, manager of Forest Lake Campground in Truxton, said its seasonal campers are beginning to come in.

“We have a little over 70 that just leave their trailer there,” Sutton said.

He said they are hoping to have the site open to others by July 4, noting he is looking at everything the county, state and Campground Owners of New York Association is putting out.

“We’re going at it very slowly and carefully,” he said.