Lewis County

Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,087.[1] It is named after Morgan Lewis, the Governor of New York when the county was established. Its county seat is Lowville.

Lewis County is located in northwestern New York State, slightly east of due north from Syracuse. The eastern part of the county is in the Adirondack Park. A good portion of the Tug Hill Plateau is in the western part of the county. The county is home to the Black River Valley.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_County,_New_York

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Map: Halfmoon Lake

Map: Halfmoon Lake

The Independence River Wild Forest is described as the Western Adirondack Preserve acreage lying adjacent to the western boundary of the Adirondack Park including the western portions of the Otter Creek and Independence River watersheds, extending from Lewis County into Herkimer County northeast along the south side of the Beaver River and Stillwater Reservoir and south of Beaver River.

Included are lands in Watsons East Triangle, Brantingham Tract, Macomb's Purchase and John Brown Tract, encompassing both Lewis and Herkimer Counties. USGS 15½ minute quadrangle maps that cover this unit are: Big Moose, Lowville, Mc Keever, Number Four and Port Leyden.

Bounded by:

North: Number 4 Road; Stillwater Reservoir;
West: Exterior Forest Preserve Boundaries in the Towns of Greig, Lyonsdale and Watson; and Adirondack Park boundary;
South: Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness;
East: railroad tract from big Moose to Beaver River Station, Former International Paper Company lands.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/58192.html

Map: Francis Lake

Map: Francis Lake

Francis Lake is located one mile beyond Number Four on Stillwater Road. There is small an handicap parking lot/boat unloading area along Stillwater Road, you can park on the road shoulder. A small lake with two houses / inholdings on it, the most fascinating park is the large eskers on the south-eastern portion of the lake. There is a campsite on the large esker -- however this portion of the lake tends to be buggy due to this end of the lake being shallow and marshy.

http://www.quietkayaking.webs.com/qknysfrancislake.html

Map: Whetstone Reservior

Map: Whetstone Reservior

Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 56 wooded campsites- some of which are electric, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, one of which circles the gorge. Above the gorge is Whetstone Reservoir, stocked with tiger muskie and large-mouth bass for fishermen, and popular for canoeing.

http://nysparks.com/parks/92/details.aspx

Map: Lesser Wilderness State Forest Ski Trails

Map: Lesser Wilderness State Forest Ski Trails

This 13,793 acre state forest is actually a group of 6 neighboring forests with similar features. The area is located in the core of Tug Hill, with its mostly poor soils and severe winter conditions. Low quality natural timber stands and large expanses of ecologically important wetland areas predominate the landscape. Most of this property was acquired by the state during the 1930's and 1940's, and included abandoned open farm fields and cut over woodlands. Since that time NYSDEC has planted many trees in the open fields and through the efforts of the Department's professional foresters, conducted many carefully controlled timber harvests aimed at improving the health and vigor of the forest.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8029.html

Map: Whetstone Gulf State Park

Map: Whetstone Gulf State Park

Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 56 wooded campsites- some of which are electric, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, one of which circles the gorge. Above the gorge is Whetstone Reservoir, stocked with tiger muskie and large-mouth bass for fishermen, and popular for canoeing.

http://nysparks.com/parks/92/details.aspx

Map: Sunday Lake

Map: Sunday Lake

The Independence River Wild Forest is described as the Western Adirondack Preserve acreage lying adjacent to the western boundary of the Adirondack Park including the western portions of the Otter Creek and Independence River watersheds, extending from Lewis County into Herkimer County northeast along the south side of the Beaver River and Stillwater Reservoir and south of Beaver River.

Included are lands in Watsons East Triangle, Brantingham Tract, Macomb's Purchase and John Brown Tract, encompassing both Lewis and Herkimer Counties. USGS 15½ minute quadrangle maps that cover this unit are: Big Moose, Lowville, Mc Keever, Number Four and Port Leyden.

Bounded by:

North: Number 4 Road; Stillwater Reservoir;
West: Exterior Forest Preserve Boundaries in the Towns of Greig, Lyonsdale and Watson; and Adirondack Park boundary;
South: Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness;
East: railroad tract from big Moose to Beaver River Station, Former International Paper Company lands.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/58192.html

Map: Basket Factory Road

Map: Basket Factory Road

Located in the Independence River Wild Forest, this 3 1/2 mile road offers several roadside campsites on a back country road. It dead ends at a snowmobile trail that leads off to private timber lands. It is nearby Sunday Creek, and can be accessed from Stillwater Road. This is the closest road to Stillwater Reservior that offers roadside camping

Map: Whetstone Gulf State Park

Map: Whetstone Gulf State Park

Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 56 wooded campsites- some of which are electric, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, one of which circles the gorge. Above the gorge is Whetstone Reservoir, stocked with tiger muskie and large-mouth bass for fishermen, and popular for canoeing.

http://nysparks.com/parks/92/details.aspx

Map: Lookout State Forest

Map: Lookout State Forest

This 3,915-acre state forest was named for the Conservation Department's (now NYSDEC) New Boston Fire Tower that once stood on the property. From the late 1930's to the mid 1960's this tower was manned by fire observers during the dry season as an early warning system of forest fire detection. This tower, along with most others statewide were made obsolete by modern aircraft detection methods. The tower and the observer's cabin were removed from the site during the 1980s.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8025.html