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CAMPING

 
Overnight camping in the Fort Drum Training Area is allowed year-round. All camping in the Training Area is primitive and there are no designated campsites. Campers in the Fort Drum Training Area must call the Sportsman’s Hotline and press Option #3 to check-in. Upon reaching their destination in the Training Area, campers must contact Range Branch (315-772-7152) and confirm their location. Campers are advised that the Sportsman Hotline is updated at approximately 6:00 pm with the next day’s training area information—if checking in after 6:00 pm for recreation that same night.

Camping in the Fort Drum Cantonment Area is allowed at the Remington Park RV Campground. Anyone interested using these RV sites may contact DFMWR Outdoor Recreation via the web site or go to Bldg P-11115 Iraqi Freedom Drive or phone 315-772-5169/8222.  Recreationists using the RV Park are not required to possess a Fort Drum Recreation Access Pass, or check-in or check-out at Range Branch.

Litter & Latrines

No person shall discard, bury or dispose of any trash, waste or litter on Fort Drum. Trash receptacles are not provided so recreationists must carry out what they carry in. Camping areas should be returned to their original condition before departing.

Recreationists are responsible for providing their own portable latrines and proper disposal of human waste. However, permanent latrines in the range area may be used by recreationists.

Campfires & Firewood

Caution must be exercised in the use of warming or cooking fires in the Training Area and the following provisions must be followed:

  • The fire must be contained in a campsite fire ring.
  • All combustible materials surrounding the fire must be cleared for a distance of at least 10 feet.
  • No cutting or limbing of trees is allowed. Only dead and down material or firewood brought with the recreationist can be used. All regulations regarding the transportation of firewood in New York State apply on Fort Drum.
  • The fire must be attended at all times.
  • The fire must be completely extinguished (i.e. cool to the touch) when not attended.

Other Places to Camp in the Region

There are many camping opportunities in the region:

  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation operates most  public campgrounds in New York State.
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation operates 52 public campgrounds operated in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves. See the NYSDEC web site for information about back country camping opportunities that are available.
  • The Adirondack Campground Association lists private campgrounds throughout the Adirondack region that are open to the public.
  • Ontario Parks just north across the border has approximately 100 provincial parks available for camping.  
  • Camping in Ontario lists private campgrounds throughout the province of Ontario that are open to the public.

Other Places to Camp

Active duty US millitary personnel and family members with proper identification (CAC card or DD Form 1173) are eligible for free permits to enter Federal recreation sites including National Parks that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.