Monday, May 05, 2008

Northampton Beach State Park Campground Open for Season

GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE — About two-thirds of the sites at Northampton Beach state campground are either submerged or too wet to use, but the facility and four others opened on schedule Friday.

Early-season campers are hardy — and traditional, too.

Fourteen members of the extended Scarano clan from Little Falls gathered at Northampton, and some planned to stay through Wednesday. They came from as far away as Newport, R.I.

The lure? Walleye.

Not far away, Mimi and Larry Sisario of Tribes Hill were lounging beside their trailer in the rainy, 45-degree weather.

“You can’t miss opening day,” Larry Sisario said, adding that he and his wife haven’t missed one in 20 years.

“We’re always here,” Mimi Sisario said. “We don’t camp when it’s warm. We come up here and freeze.”

About 80 of the campground’s 224 sites were usable, he said. Only 30 are available for reservations.

“The other 50 are first-come, first-se
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