Essex County

Essex County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,370. Its county seat is Elizabethtown. Along with Hamilton County, Essex is entirely within the Adirondack Park.

Essex County is in the northeastern part of New York State, just west of Vermont along the eastern boundary of the State. The eastern boundary of Essex County is Lake Champlain, which serves as the New York – Vermont border at an elevation of just under 100 feet (30.5 m). The highest natural point in New York, Mount Marcy at 5,344 feet (1,629 m), is in the Town of Keene. The Ausable River forms a partial northern boundary for the county.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex_County,_NY

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Map: Split Rock Wild Forest

Map: Split Rock Wild Forest

The 3,700-acre Split Rock Wild Forest is part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Located in the eastern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains along the shore of Lake Champlain, it comprises the largest tract of undeveloped Lake Champlain shoreline in New York.

The wild forest is named for Split Rock Mountain, the main feature of the area. The Lake Champlain Palisades and Webb Royce Swamp are within its boundaries. The trail system provides many scenic views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. The Westport Boat Launch Site, located in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, is the nearest location to launch on the lake and access the shoreline campsites on Split Rock Wild Forest.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/50713.html

Map: Moose Pond

Map: Moose Pond

Physical Characteristics:

Elevation: 1,548 feet
Area: 140 acres
Max Depth: 71 feet
Mean Depth: ~28.5 feet
Thermocline: ~12 feet
Town: St. Armand

Access:
The DEC operates a small boat launch that is steep and may be difficult for large boats to use. Located off Route 3 at the Village of Bloomingdale. Franklin Falls Road/River Road to the dead end on Moose Pond Road. Parking for around 20 cars is available.

Fish Species:
Lake trout, brook trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, brown bullhead, and smallmouth bass.

Fisheries Management:
Moose Pond is stocked annually with rainbow trout and landlocked salmon. Brood stock salmon are also stocked some years and provide an excellent early season opportunity. Fly fishing for rainbow trout can also be great in early spring, just don't be surprised if you catch a lot of smallmouth bass as well. The pond is known to produce some large natural lake trout.

Regulations:
Special Fishing Regulations apply. Ice fishing is prohibited.

Map: Copperas And Owen Pond Trail

Map: Copperas And Owen Pond Trail

The Wilmington Wild Forest (WWF), formerly a sub-unit of the much larger Taylor Pond Wild Forest, consists of 14,000 acres of state forest preserve lands in Towns of Wilmington, Jay and Keene in Essex County and the Town of Black Brook in Clinton County. The core area of the Wilmington Wild Forest is located on the east-facing slopes of Whiteface Mountain between the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, the Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway, Route 431 and Route 86. Another large segment - the Stephenson Range Tract - lies north of Route 431 and Gillespie Drive and south of the Forestdale Road. Smaller, isolated segments include the Hamlin Mountain, Clements Mountain, and Beaver Brook Tracts, as well as a segment near the hamlet of Black Brook. The area offers numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and hunting in the warmer months, and cross country skiing, ice climbing, trapping and snowmobiling in the winter months. The West Branch AuSable River - world renowned for trout fishing - runs adjacent to portions of the wild forest.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22585.html

Map: Beaver Brook Tract

Map: Beaver Brook Tract

The Wilmington Wild Forest (WWF), formerly a sub-unit of the much larger Taylor Pond Wild Forest, consists of 14,000 acres of state forest preserve lands in Towns of Wilmington, Jay and Keene in Essex County and the Town of Black Brook in Clinton County. The core area of the Wilmington Wild Forest is located on the east-facing slopes of Whiteface Mountain between the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, the Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway, Route 431 and Route 86. Another large segment - the Stephenson Range Tract - lies north of Route 431 and Gillespie Drive and south of the Forestdale Road. Smaller, isolated segments include the Hamlin Mountain, Clements Mountain, and Beaver Brook Tracts, as well as a segment near the hamlet of Black Brook. The area offers numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and hunting in the warmer months, and cross country skiing, ice climbing, trapping and snowmobiling in the winter months. The West Branch AuSable River - world renowned for trout fishing - runs adjacent to portions of the wild forest.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22585.html