- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) - New York parks officials are building a new campground on a Hudson River island just south of Albany.

The 63-site campground on Schodack (SKOH-dak) Island is the first new major campground built by the state parks department in decades. It’s still under construction and is slated to open next spring.

The state parks department held a news conference on Schodack Island Thursday. The island is off the eastern shore of the Hudson River. The 1,052-acre park is bounded by about seven miles of Hudson River and Schodack Creek shoreline and includes a canoe and kayak launch site.

Part of the park is designated a Bird Conservation Area that’s home to bald eagles and great blue herons that nest in cottonwood trees.

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