Safety InformationThe purpose of this page is so that first time campers can become educated on the potential dangers of staying in a wilderness setting. It is not meant to scare you away from the woods but rather to inform you of the habits of the various animals that inhabit the backcountry of the Adirondacks.
Respect the Wilderness
- It's a fact of life that there are animals in the Adirondack Mountains.
- But by people taking simple precautions we can all share the wilderness.
- It is up to all of us to take precautions to avoid problems with them, NOT the other way around.
- We are visiting their home. Please be a good guest.
Raccoons are attracted to the same things as Bears. So the best way to avoid problems with them is to keep a clean campsite and use the Bear Boxes. They have been know to travel in family groups on nightly foraging trips and are not quite amongst themselves as they travel. Make sure to use the "Bear Boxes" and keep pets or service animals restrained at all times.
Porcupines are not a danger to people, if not disturbed, but they are attractive targets for pets. Porcupines are attracted to salt and the most common problem is for them to gnaw on buildings where people have left salt deposits from the sweat on their hands. They are nocturnal by nature so chances are you won't see one during the day unless it is asleep up in a tree. If you see one just let it be and watch one of natures shy creatures in it's natural home.
At night any of these animals may pay a visit to your campsite as they pass by. So make sure to keep your campsite clean and use the boxes provided to story your "smellables". Smellables are any item that may have a smell interesting to an animal. This includes any sort of food, garbage, toothpaste, deodorant, pots and pans, etc.
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Another thing we should all be aware of is the danger of a forest fire in our wilderness setting. People being careless are the cause of most forest fires.
The staff at International Paper John Dillon Park will let you know if there is any current increase in the potential danger of having a campfire. We work closely with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to monitor the dryness of our forests. If there is a fire ban due to dry conditions you will be required to use a stove to cook. If you have any doubts about the conditions at the park before you start your journey, please give us a call or check the home page of our site. We will post the conditions as soon as we are aware of any change.
During your stay please use the fireplaces provided at each site so we can protect the park for future visitors. Thank you.