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)
Bonner Lake State Forest
Brasher State Forest
Buckton State Forest
California Road State Forest
Deer River State Forest
Degrasse State Forest
Downersville State Forest
Fire-Fall State Forest
Fish Creek WMA
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
Raquette River Wild 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: California Road State Forest

Map: California Road State Forest

The 1,410-acre California Road State Forest's topography is very hilly with thin soils and rocky exposed ridge tops predominating. Better quality upland sites support a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Lower quality upland sites are dominated by red oak, eastern hophornbeam, hickories, and other species adapted to droughty and nutrient poor soils. 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 in seasonal flooded areas.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/82768.html

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

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: 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

Map: Bonner Lake State Forest

Map: Bonner Lake State Forest

Bonner Lake State Forest covers 98 acres and was purchased in 1989 from The Nature Conservancy, at the same time that the adjacent Conservation Easement was acquired. It is both the smallest and newest state forest in St. Lawrence County. The state forest was created for the purpose of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation and watershed protection.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/96810.html

Map: Yellow Lake State Forest

Map: Yellow Lake State Forest

Yellow Lake State Forest is composed of 751 acres located in the town of Rossie in northwestern St. Lawrence County.

The Yellow Lake Overlook Trail (red markers) begins at the bridge on Chisholm Road and leads northward 1.4 miles through a mixed forest of northern hardwoods and red oak. This hiking trail ends at two scenic overlooks bordering Yellow Lake. The property also provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

There are no designated camp sites on this property. Backcountry 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 of water roads or trail.

More info: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/81109.html

Map: Wolf Lake State Forest

Map: Wolf Lake State Forest

Wolf Lake State Forest is a reforestation area of 4,316 acres. It was purchased by the state in the 1950's and 60's to return idle and abandoned farmlands to productive use as a source of timber and to provide land for public recreation.

The northeast part of this area, accessible by an extension of the Sam Day Road, was farmed by the Reed family. The Reed brothers had a sizable maple sugar operation on this tract in the early 1900's. Local people still refer to this section as the "Reed Ranch".

The southwest part of the Wolf Lake State Forest, accessible by the old Talcville-Emeryville Road is known locally as the "Clark Farm", referring to the family which last farmed it. Old roads which once serviced the two farms provide vehicular access to the Wolf Lake State Forest.

The interior portion of the area between the "Reed Ranch" and "Clark Farm" is accessible only by the network of hiking trails as described below. This remote section was probably logged in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Much of the interior was also altered by fire during the same period. Bare rock and stands of native red and white pine at higher elevations and stands of hardwood trees between the ridges are the result of these disturbances.

Some trails and lean-to's in the interior were constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps, which now maintains the trail system for the DEC.

Map: Lost Nation State Forest

Map: Lost Nation State Forest

Lost Nation State Forest covers 1,907 acres located in the towns of Stockholm and Norfolk in northeastern St. Lawrence County.

Recreation
There are currently no developed 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 of water, roads or trail.

Hunting and Trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted.

Go-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.

Field Notes
The topography is very flat with extensive wetlands spread throughout the area. The wettest areas are dominated by open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas. Drier upland sites support northern hardwood and white pine forests.

As with many state forests, much of the area is former agricultural land which has reverted to forest. Open fields were planted with a variety of species including red, Scotch, and white pines, as well as white spruce.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/80872.html

Map: Fire Fall State Forest

Map: Fire Fall State Forest

Fire-Fall State Forest covers 1,570 acres located in the town of Hermon in southwestern St. Lawrence County.

The Big Maple hiking trail is located in the northern portion of the forest which leads south from St. Lawrence County Route 19. The property also provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property. Backcountry 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 at any location within 150 feet from water, roads or trails.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails.

Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations. See the February 2005 article in Conservationist Magazine for more information on geo-caching.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/82459.html

Map: Toothaker Creek State Forest

Map: Toothaker Creek State Forest

Toothaker Creek State Forest covers 709 acres. The topography is very hilly with thin soils and rocky exposed ridge tops predominating. Better quality upland sites support a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Lower quality upland sites are dominated by red oak, eastern hophornbeam, hickories, and other species adapted to droughty and nutrient poor soils. 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 in seasonal flooded areas.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/104467.html