St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 111,944.[1] The county seat is Canton.

Saint Lawrence County is home to St. Lawrence University, State University of New York at Potsdam, Clarkson University, the SUNY-ESF Ranger School, and the State University of New York at Canton. Part of the County is in the Adirondack Park and includes much of the Oswegatchie River, Cranberry Lake and Lake Ozonia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Lawrence_County,_New_York

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Aldrich Pond Wild Forest
Balsam Creek State Forest
Beaver Creek State Forest (St. Lawrence County)
Brasher State Forest
Buckton State Forest
California Road State Forest
Cranberry Lake Wild Forest
Cranberry Lake Wild Forest
Deer River State Forest
Degrasse State Forest
Downersville State Forest
Fire-Fall State Forest
Fish Creek WMA
FIve Ponds Wilderness
Fort Jackson State Forest
Frank E. Jadwin State Forest
Grantville State Forest
Grasse River Wild Forest
Greenwood Creek State Forest
Hickory Lake State Forest
High Flats State Forest
Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest
Knapp Station State Forest
Lost Nation State Forest
Madawaska Flow
North Country State Forests
Onjebonge State Forest
Pleasant Lake State Forest
Raymondville State Forest
Robert Moses State Park (Massena)
Round Lake Wilderness
Silver Hill State Forest
Sodom State Forest
Southville State Forest
Stammer Creek State Forest
Star Lake
Taylor Creek State Forest
Toothaker Creek State Forest
Trout Lake State Forest
Upper and Lower Lakes WMA
Watsons East Triangle Wild Forest
Whippoorwill Corners State Forest
Whiskey Flats State Forest
White Hill Wild Forest
Wolf Lake State Forest
Yellow Lake State Forest

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Map: Grantville State Forest

Map: Grantville State Forest

Grantville State Forest covers 775 acres located in the town of Norfolk in northeastern St. Lawrence County.

There are currently no designated trails on this state forest. The property does provide large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property. Back Country Camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet from water, road or trail.

Hunting and Trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is permitted from the property in nearby Raquette River.

Map: High Flats State Forest

Map: High Flats State Forest

High Flats State Forest covers 2018 acres. The topography is variable with upland areas supporting a mixture northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to spruce-balsam fir and swamp hardwoods stands in poorly drained areas.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/104007.html

Map: Balsam Creek State Forest

Map: Balsam Creek State Forest

This 559 acre state forest, located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, is bisected by the 150 foot deep Balsam Creek valley. Balsam Creek and its tributary to the north, Cold Creek, are well known spring fed trout streams. The hardwood forests abound with valuable high quality hard maple and black cherry sawtimber and veneer.

In the 1930's the Conservation Department planted pine trees in the open fields near Fish Creek Road. Today these trees have grown to mature plantations of white pine, red pine and Norway spruce sawtimber. DEC forestry staff regularly conduct carefully controlled timber sales on this forest, maintaining a vigorous forest while at the same time providing the forest industry with critical raw materials.

Wildlife found here includes white-tailed deer, black bear, and fur bearers including fisher, coyotes and mink. Briar Hill public forest access road provides 1.5 miles of gravel surface access for the public north from Fish Creek Road.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8064.html

Map: White Hill Wild Forest

Map: White Hill Wild Forest

The White Hill Unit is comprised of White Hill Wild Forest and adjacent easement lands in the towns of Colton, Hopkinton, and Parishville in St. Lawrence County. The Wild Forest Unit consists of 9,856 acres of State Forest Preserve lands and two conservation easements (Lassiter and Niagara Mohawk) totaling 5,046 acres.

The White Hill unit is bounded on the west and north by the Adirondack Park Blue Line, on the east by the St. Lawrence-Franklin County Line, and on the south by the West Branch of the St. Regis River, the Stark-Joe Indian Road, and State Route 56. Unit Management Planning for the Champion Easement (Santa Clara Tract) that falls within St. Lawrence County will be addressed in a separate Recreation Plan that will include all of the Champion Santa Clara Tract Easement acreage on both sides of the St. Lawrence-Franklin County Line.

The White Hill Wild Forest is located in the northwest corner of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The area offers many recreational opportunities, including, but not limited, to hiking, hunting, trapping and fishing. Several snowmobile trails also pass through the area and link to a larger network of trails. The publicly owned land also has five beautiful, wild ponds - some that require an hour-long hike to access. These ponds have been described as among the quietest waters in the entire Adirondack Park.

Map: Downerville State Forest (Trails)

Map: Downerville State Forest (Trails)

The Downersville or Donnersville State Forest is located in the Town of Russell on the banks of the Grass River, just outside of the Adirondack Park's Grass River Wild Forest.

It is 1,638 acres, has one roadside campsite along a swampy pond, and several miles of trails to explore the gorge and Grass River. The trails south of Grass River can be difficult to access depending on the water levels (see DEC website for details).

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/97736.html

For my April Road Trip this year, I am thinking about going to the North Country. Probably either camp on Conservation Road at Deer River State Forest or maybe the Walter Pratt Campground at Brasher Falls State Forest. The later is somewhat better, as it’s less likely to be muddy or snow covered in April, and it’s a fair bit closer to Massena. More cell service to keep me entertained at night. Deer River would be better in the sense that there are more areas near the campsites with hills and terrain that could be used as backstops while plinking. Maybe hit up some trout spots? It is April, after all.

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My April Road Trip would be quite similar to the trip I took in November 2015 to the Northern Adirondacks, probably fish in Deer River, go up to the Power Project in Massena, maybe do some short hikes in the Adirondacks. Drive back down through the Adirondacks or maybe via the Black River Valley.

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I would like to explore more of the state forests in St. Lawrence County. There is a lot of great land up that way that I’ve mapped and looked at the DEC websites for but have never explored myself. Many people might denounce the land is being flat with a lot of dairy farms – but I suspect it’s actually quite rolling in parts and many of the state forests are quite interesting. Wolf Lake State Forest seems to perk my interest.

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It’s a bit farther then past April Road Trips I’ve done, but it would be fun to get back into this part of the state that I haven’t visited in a few years. I like getting around and seeing different parts of the state, as going to the same location, year after year, gets kind of boring. I’ve only really been up to the North Country (Franklin and St. Lawrence County) twice, so there are a lot left to explore.

Map: Taylor Creek State Forest

Map: Taylor Creek State Forest

Taylor Creek State Forest is composed of 1,860 acres located in the town of Pierrepont in central St. Lawrence County.

There are currently no developed trails on this state forest.

Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property. Back Country Camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, roads or trail.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is available on Eels Pond, which is a short walk south from Eels Road.

This property provides large undeveloped areas suited for hunting, hiking and nature viewing.

Topography varies with upland areas supporting a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/82471.html