International Paper John Dillon Park

Safety Information

The purpose of this page is so that first time campers can become educated on the potential for animal conflicts while 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 Adirondacks.

Respect the Wilderness

  • It’s a fact of life that there are animals in the Adirondack Mountains.
  • 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.

Bears are attracted to interesting smells, which, in their mind, means a potential for food. Every campsite in the park has a animal-resistant box in which you must keep all foodstuffs and aroma inducing materials.  Items such as food, toothpaste, deodorant, moisturizers and anything else that has an aroma are targets for animals. In addition to the food boxes there is also an animal proof box for garbage; please make sure you use both types of boxes at all times.

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 animal resistant boxes. Raccoons are known to travel in groups on nightly foraging trips and are not quite as they travel. 

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. 


Important Links


Great website for bear awareness. If you are planning an overnight stay or just a day trip to International Paper John Dillon Park please visit this site. You will find lots of information on how to not have a bad encounter with a bear.
Wildlife Management provides valuable information on the biology, ecology, management, and control of various species of wildlife (e.g., alligators, armadillos, bats, bears, beavers, birds, chipmunks, coyotes, deer, foxes, quail, mice, moles, muskrats, opossums, rabbits, raccoons, rats, skunks, snakes, squirrels, voles, wild hogs, wild turkey, woodchucks). Furthermore, there’s information on forestry, habitat, and fish pond management. The site hosts >500 publications from more than 100 different species written by wildlife management professionals across North America.”

The Hazard of Forest Fires. 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.




John Dillon will be OPEN for the season 

Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day

7 days a week 9am - 6pm

 For questions email

    Or call : 518-806-9774


To make reservations see tab above 


International Paper-John Dillon Park
2150 Tupper Road
Long Lake, NY 12847





International Paper-John Dillon Park is a fully accessible ADA compliant wilderness campground and day-use facility located within the Adirondack Park in Northern New York. We offer fully accessible trails, lean-tos and buildings along with an attentive staff to accommodate people of all ages and abilities. In the creation of this setting we have set the standard for accessible facilities by making the beauty and benefit of nature a reality for all.