Moose River Plains

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is located in the Towns of Webb and Ohio in Herkimer County and the Towns of Arietta, Inlet, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant and Morehouse in Hamilton County. Numerous lakes and streams, including a portion of the traditional Adirondack canoe route from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, the South Branch of the Moose River, the Cedar River Flow, as well as numerous lakes and ponds, provide for a variety of water based recreational activities. During winter months snowmobiling is the major activity in this unit. The Limekiln Lake‐Cedar River Road provides a connection between the hamlets of Inlet and Indian Lake. DEC also maintains several other roads in the unit, and provides numerous individual camping sites along this road system. This provides a type of outdoor recreation between that of a developed campground and primitive tent camping.

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Map: Wakely Mountain Trail

Map: Wakely Mountain Trail

Wakely Mountain Firetower is a 92-foot tall firetower, the tallest in New York State, and is located at 3,742 ft elevation mountain. It offers views of the Blue Ridge Wilderness, High Peaks, Fulton Chain of Lakes, Payne Mountain, Cedar River Flow (southern end), Moose River Plains, and West Canada Lake Wilderness.

It is a 3.0 mile hike up it, with a 1635 ft ascent. The first 2 miles follow a gently climbing old woods road, with the last 1.0 miles being a 1,300 ft ascent.

The trailhead is located 1 mile east of Wakely Dam / Cedar River Entrance of Moose River Plains or 12 miles west of the Cedar River Road and NY 30 triangle.

Map: Natural Rock Dam Trail

Map: Natural Rock Dam Trail

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is located in the Towns of Webb and Ohio in Herkimer County and the Towns of Arietta, Inlet, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant and Morehouse in Hamilton County. Numerous lakes and streams, including a portion of the traditional Adirondack canoe route from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, the South Branch of the Moose River, the Cedar River Flow, as well as numerous lakes and ponds, provide for a variety of water based recreational activities. During winter months snowmobiling is the major activity in this unit. The Limekiln Lake‐Cedar River Road provides a connection between the hamlets of Inlet and Indian Lake. DEC also maintains several other roads in the unit, and provides numerous individual camping sites along this road system. This provides a type of outdoor recreation between that of a developed campground and primitive tent camping.

Map: Cedar River Flow

Map: Cedar River Flow

The Cedar River Flow is a remote 640-acre (2.6 km2) shallow lake, created by the Wakely Dam, where there are 10 campsites accessible via a gravel road, 14 miles (23 km) from Indian Lake or 23 miles (37 km) from Inlet. This area is also known as the Cedar River Entrance, and beyond it is the 150 campsites of Moose River Plains.

More campsites are accessible via canoe, around the Flow. It lies on the border between the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area.

You can paddle up the Cedar River, above Cedar River Flow to the first Lean-To. Shortly thereafter, water levels are too low for paddling.

The Cedar River Flow

"The Cedar River Flow was part of my territory when I was a Forest Ranger. Since I retired I have been visiting it once a week during the summer while observing loons for the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, so I have gotten to know it quite well. Whatever you might want to do in the outdoors including fishing, hunting, trapping, camping, canoeing, kayaking, birding, photographing, or swimming, the Flow has it all."

"The area is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Looking far to the west you can see the Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower, Little Moose, and Manbury Mountain. To the north Is Cellar Mountain, and beyond that is Wakely Mountain Fire Tower and the Blue Ridge Wilderness Area. Buck and Buell Mountains lie to the south, and to the east is the ledge of Water Barrel Mountain and the Cedar River Valley."