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
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: Silver Hill State Forest

Map: Silver Hill State Forest

Silver Hill State Forest is composed of 783 acres located in the town of Russell in southwestern 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 two designated campsites located on the Silver Hill and McCarthy Roads. 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, unless specifically marked as a campsite.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is allowed on Plum Brook.

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.

Field Notes

The topography is variable 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.

Beautiful Plumb Brook flows through the center of this state forest. It provides many scenic waterfalls, pools, and riffle areas which are well suited for both fishing and nature photography.
A river running through Silver Hill State Forest.
Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the Cook, Curtis, Lawrence, McCarthy, and Silver Hill Roads in the town of Russell.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/86564.html

Map: Sand Lake to Bear Pond Road

Map: Sand Lake to Bear Pond Road

The Watson's East Triangle Wild Forest Unit is located on the western edge of the Adirondack Forest Preserve in the towns of Croghan, Diana, and Watson in Lewis County and the town of Webb in Herkimer County. The Unit consists of 13,229 acres of State Forest Preserve lands, and is bounded on the west by the Adirondack Park Blue Line, on the east by the Five Ponds and Pepperbox Wilderness Areas, on the north by the Aldrich Pond Wild Forest and on the south by the Beaver River.

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: Frank E. Jadwin Memorial State Forest – Jerdan Falls Area

Map: Frank E. Jadwin Memorial State Forest – Jerdan Falls Area

This 20,412 acre state forest, one of the largest and most diverse in New York State, spans the townships of Croghan and Diana. It was named as a memorial to former Conservation Department (now NYSDEC) District Forester Frank E. Jadwin, who was locally instrumental in the acquisition and establishment of the state forests which exist today. A memorial site and plaque was established after his death and can be found on the west side of State Route 812.

The diversity of this forest is evidenced by over 12,000 acres of natural hardwood and conifer forest, 5,000 acres of softwood plantations, 2,500 acres of ponds and wetlands, and 500 acres of brush land, historic sites, and other unique areas. Unusually large and ecologically important wetlands such as Sunday, Patchin, Pine Creek, and Compo swamps drain into trout streams including the West Branch of the Oswegatchie River, Pine Creek, Blanchard Creek, Brown Creek, and Compo Creek.

Over 18 miles of major graveled forest access roads service this forest; including the Wahalula (0.8 miles), Old Croghan 0.7 miles), Judy Cole (2.8 miles), Patchin (1.7 miles), Blanchard Creek (2.7 miles), Loop (3.2 miles), Mountain Swamp (0.3 miles), Nelson(0.8 miles), Henry (0.9 miles), Wisner (2.7 miles), Oswegatchie Corners (0.3miles), Q (1.5 miles), and Bailey Swamp (0.1 miles). Lum (0.2 miles) and PASNY (0.8 miles) are hiking trails and also allow motor vehicle access for people with disabilities by permit. Seven gravel pits exist on the forest and are used to help maintain these routes.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8031.html

Map: Hollywood Road

Map: Hollywood Road

The Raquette River Wild Forest consists of lands laying west of the Lassiter Main Haul
Road and several smaller detached parcels. These detached parcels include; Garlough,
Stark, Catamount and Parameter, all lands acquired from Niagara Mohawk.
The Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area includes State lands laying east and south of
the Lassiter Main Haul Road and west of the St. Lawrence-Franklin County line. The
State owned lands comprising the Raquette River Corridor from the Colton-Piercefield
town line to the dam at Piercefield Flow are also part of this Primitive Area. The corridor
is generally 500 feet wide from the high water line on both banks of the river.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22573.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: Degrasse State Forest

Map: Degrasse State Forest

Degrasse State Forest is composed of 1,180 acres located in the town of Russell in southwestern St. Lawrence County. There are 3.44 miles of multiple use trails that provide access from Nolan and Cole Roads. The property also provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking and nature viewing. There is a primitive campsite located at the end of the unpaved access road off of Cole Rd. There is also a pit privy, picnic table and lean-to located at this site.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/82481.html

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