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: Grant Powell State Forest

Map: Grant Powell State Forest

This 8,077-acre state forest is named after the first state district forester appointed to the Lewis-Jefferson County area. He was instrumental in most of the original local state land acquisition projects that formed the basis for the state forests that exist here today. A memorial plaque and small parking site established by his friends and co-workers can be seen along the south side of State Route 177. Adjoining this state forest to the south is the Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area that contains more than 5,000 acres of public land dedicated to the enhancement of native wildlife. Every winter large numbers of snowmobilers and cross country skiers journey to the North Country to enjoy the deep winter snow conditions of this state forest and adjacent properties.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8043.html

Map: Mohawk Springs State Forest

Map: Mohawk Springs State Forest

The 7211 acre Beartown State Forest is named for its proximity to a former small pioneer settlement by that name. The main access road leading from the north into this forest also "bears" the same designation. Granite bedrock forms the base for the mostly shallow, poor soils found here. Rock outcrops are common, with beaver inundated wetlands occupying the low areas.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8062.html

Map: Smith Road Campsites

Map: Smith Road Campsites

Smith Road is the closest road to Lowville in the Independence River Wild Forest, and is 12 miles east of Watson on Number Four Road. Offers roadside camping over 4 miles of road that wander through the Independence River Wild Forest. The first campsite, which is located at the site of the former ranger's cabin and firetower (both relocated to the Lowville Demostration Forest), offers cellphone service, in an open field setting. Other campsites along the road are heavily wooded.

Map: Pine Lake

Map: Pine Lake

Pine Lake in the Independence River Wild Forest in the Western Adirondacks is located 1.5 miles south west of the Big Otter Lake Parking Area, which is 3.5 miles east of the wild forest boundary on Partridgeville Road. There is a lean-to and campsite located on this remote Adirondack lake.

Map: Big Otter Lake Road

Map: Big Otter Lake Road

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: 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