February 10, 2014 – Due to a significant accumulation of ice and snow on the access road into the Alder Lake Parking Area, the lower gate at the entrance has been locked. The DEC estimates that the lot will be closed to cars until early spring. However, the area remains open for non-motorized activities such as hiking, snowshoeing and XC skiing. Exercise caution while parking on the side of the road and observe town laws regarding winter parking regulations. Alder Lake is located in the southwestern Catskills within the Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest.