Overnight camping in
this region is prohibited. All use of motorized vehicles and
motorized water conveyances.
However, here is a
state campground nearby (outside of the protected areas) for the
Other Regions: IAATAP maintains a full directory of
Camping. To explore nearby camping areas,
County is rich in bird life. You can download a free guide &
Birding in Hamilton County.
Also visit our
Directory when you have time.
Birds associated with marshes, ponds, lakes and
streams are numerous and include the common loon, American woodcock,
great blue heron, Canada goose, and a variety of ducks. The most
common ducks include the mallard, wood duck, common merganser, and
ring-necked duck. As a result of the Ausable Marsh Wildlife
protection efforts, wood ducks, black ducks, mallards, mergansers, teal and
common goldeneyes are readily observed on the management area.
In addition, wood duck nest boxes have been erected throughout the area.
These artificial nest locations mimic the natural, but scarce, tree cavities
utilized by this species of duck.
The main species under study
in this region, is the Osprey. We have
summarized their findings. Pictures and links provided by
American Osprey is of special concern. Osprey breed near large
bodies of water where there is abundant fish populations.
Numerous sightings are within the Adirondack. Osprey construct
their nest in tall dead tress, but also use rocky ledges, sand
dunes, artificial platforms, and utility pole cross arms for a tall
advantage point. Artificial osprey nest platforms have been
built and have produced successful bred and raised young at the
The Ausable Marsh region
lies adjacent to the shores of Lake Champlain. There is an
unimproved boat launch for small trailer boats at Ausable Point
Campground, or car tops boats may be launched at the parking
area prior to the campground gates. Fishing is
allowed by regulations; however swimming it prohibited in this
region. There are 12 ecological communities in this
region. The fish population hold breeding northern
pike and largemouth bass. Landlocked Atlantic Salmon are
plentiful for the anglers and the threatened Osprey species.
New York Codes Rules and
Regulations (“NYCRR”) §190.8(n) authorizes the use of state
owned lands by horses and equestrians. However, the use of
horses on designated foot trails is prohibited unless the trail
is also specifically designated as a horse trail. Horse trails
in a Wilderness area to: “those that can be developed by
conversion of appropriate abandoned roads, snowmobile trails, or
state truck trails.”
The Ausable Marsh
Wildlife does not have any designated trails. Visit our
Directory for other areas.
& paddling into the
region for weeks of hunting. Hunting and
trapping is permitted, however overnight camping, fires and
use of any motorized vehicles are not permitted to protect
the Ausable Marsh environment.
backcountry acreage is enormous and the Adirondacks has the largest
trail system in the nation with more than 2,000 miles. Enjoy
the glory of hiking the Adirondacks, nature's solitude, unbroken
forest, lakes and mountains and take the path less taken.
Focus on your senses. Visit our
Adirondack Hiking Guide. Click
for the DEC "Lost in the Woods" brochure.
The DEC trail classification system is outlined in
the Forest Preserve Policy Manual. This classification system
recognizes four trail classifications as outlined below:
Distinguishable: Minimal biological or physical impacts,
slight loss of vegetation and/or minimal disturbance of
Impacts: Tail obvious, slight loss of vegetation cover
and/or organic litter pulverized in primary use areas,
muddy spots or tree roots, or water action evident.
Impacts: Vegetation cover and/or organic littler
pulverized within the center of the tread, exposed rocks
and trees or small mud holes, but little evidence of
widening beyond the maintained width of the trail.
Impacts: Near complete or total loss of vegetation cover
and organic litter, rocks or tree roots exposed and
roots damaged, or ruts more than 20cm (7.8 inches) deep,
or widening caused by muddy areas or water action
Extensive Impacts: Trail to bedrock or other substrate,
or tree roots badly damaged, or some ruts more than 50
cm (19.5 inches) deep or large areas (over 50%) of bank
erosion, or mud holes so extensive that the trail is
outside of its maintained width.
There is an accessible foot trail
about a mile long where visitors can access the area for hiking,
snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and education. The viewing
platform along the Ausable Point Campground Road is wheelchair
assessable. The boardwalk extends out into the marsh.
Trailhead: From Exit 35 of the Northway
(I-87), take Bear Swamp Road (NY 442) E for 2.9 mi. Turn R (S) on US
9 and immediately Lonto the dirt road at the DEC. Follow this bouncy
dirt road for 0.3 mi under the railroad bridge and to the parking
area. The trail is an old road beyond the yellow gate.
Most trails are
marked with color coded disks affixed to trees
as shown (see left). Trail guides and maps
correspond to these markers. Trail register
boxes are generally located near major access
points and parking areas. Although most
state-maintained trails are marked, hikers are
encouraged to consult topographical maps or
other guides when planning to venture into the
Motorized Equipment in Wilderness, Primitive and Canoe Areas:
DEC has adopted a regulation prohibiting the use of motorized
equipment in lands classified as wilderness, primitive or canoe.
Public use of small personal electronic or mechanical devices such
as cameras, radios or GPS receivers are not affected by this new
Boardwalk w/Viewing Platform
There is an accessible foot
trail, about a mile long where visitors can access the area for
hiking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and education.
The viewing platform along the Ausable Point Campground Road is
wheelchair assessable. The boardwalk extends out into the
Adirondack Mountain Club
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Search and Rescue
Regulation/Backcountry Law Enforcement
Environmental Conservation (DEC)
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