Tent Sites -
There are 76 sites and are primarily water locations or
adjacent to area trails and roads. Less than half of these sites are
easily accessible by motor vehicle.
Cedar River, 2
Fawn Lake, 14
Hernandez Road, 1
Indian Lake, 5
Lake/Perkins Clearing Road, 24
Mud Lake, 1
Old Route 30, 1
Oxbow Lake, 3
Placid Trail, 1
- NYS Route 8/30, 2
NYS Route 30, 3
Sacandaga Lake. 3
Vly Lake, 1
Campground Sites - There are 35 designated campsites
in portions of the wild forest mainland and Indian Lake Islands.
There are only a few remaining fireplaces at Hatchery Brook Falls,
Watch Hill and Sacandaga lake. There are five picnic
areas on Indian Lake and two pit privies (excluding the campgrounds)
at Pillsbury Mountain and Fawn Lake Snowmobile Trail. Other
Little Sand Point (78 sites)
Old Piseco Road
Poplar Point State Campground
Old Piseco Road (77) sites
Irondequoit Inn (12 sites)
Old Piseco Road
Adirondack Gateway Campground &
Burt Road, Cold Brook
Moffitt Beach State Campground
Route 8, Speculator
Other Regions: IAATAP maintains a full directory of
Camping. To explore nearby camping areas,
DEC regulation requires that groups of ten or more
persons camping on state land obtain a permit from a
forest ranger. DEC policy prohibits issuing group
camping permits to groups wanting to camp on forest
preserve lands in the Adirondacks that are
classified as wilderness, primitive or canoe area.
This policy was developed to protect natural
resources, the primeval character of the area and
exceptional wilderness experiences for all
recreationists, and follows Leave No Trace
practices. Except for the eastern High Peaks
Wilderness, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness and the William
C. Whitney Wilderness, where the group size is 8,
camping groups in wilderness, primitive and canoe
area lands are limited to 9 people or less.
Adirondacks is rich in bird life.
The Jessup River Wilderness Forest is home to 72
species. The game birds of this region include Ruffed Grouse,
American Crow, Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Snipe, American
Woodcock, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Mallard,
Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Turkey Vulture.
By the NY State's Unit
Management Plan, the following species are under study, we have
summarized their findings below. The Adirondack Subalpine
Forest Bird Conservation covers all summits above 2800' as to be
protected for a distinctive bird community. (Pictures and links
provided by Wikipedia.) The endangered birds in the Jessup
River Wild Forest are:
Thrush utilizes fir waves and natural disturbances as well as edges of ski
slopes. They breed in the Adirondacks at elevations greater than 2800
ft. The species is most common on the highest ridges of the
Adirondacks, preferring young or stunted dense stands of balsam fir up to 9
ft. in height.
The 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. The power
company has started to built Osprey poles because they often select
power poles causing issues when moving their youth from the
endangerment of the power lines.
Common Loon is a species of special concern and are located through out the
Adirondacks They use small and large freshwater lakes in open and
densely forested areas for breeding and nest on lakes (mostly less habited
lakes). The Loons will use little shallow coves for nesting which are
constructed on the ground at the water’s edge on sand or rock, wherever to
avoided predators. Small islands are their favorite or small
peninsular. They have a beautiful call.
Sand Pond has been designated as important habitat for the Loon.
Please do not disturb.
The Cooper's Hawk is another species
of special concern and believed to be in the Siamese Wilderness.
Cooper’s hawk enjoys a variety of habitat types, from extensive
deciduous or mixed forests to scattered woodlots interspersed with
open fields, floodplain forests and wooded wetlands are also used.
They construct nests typically at a height of 35 to 45 feet in the
This species is a
bird of freshwater wetlands where it nests on a grass or among
the cattails. It nests are made from sticks, grass, and sedges
hidden with the tall grasses.
hawks are sometimes call 'tiny hawks" as they are the smallest hawks
in our region. The Sharp-shinned hawk prefer habitats of open
or young woodlands that support a large diversity of avian prey
species. They use mixed conifer‐deciduous forest for nesting,
mostly in hemlocks. They had declined in numbers in the mid
1900's; and are now slowing increasing. However, they are
still on the national list of 'endangered' species today.
The Red-shouldered Hawk is listed as
species of special concern and believed to exist in the Siamese Pond
Wilderness. Red-shouldered hawks breed in moist hardwood, forested
wetlands, bottomlands and the wooded margins of wetlands, and
sometimes close to cultivated fields. They like cool, moist,
lowland forests with tall trees for nesting.
- The Goshawk prefer dense tall trees with
partial canopy for cover to nest. A typical place for
their nest would be in the crotch of a tree.
- These woodpeckers
utilize both wetlands (swamps, beaver impoundments) and uplands
(pastures and roadsides). Then nest in dead limbs of live
trees, poles, fences and roofs.
New York State has the following birds on their
Footed Bat, Keenes Myotis, Broad Wing Hawk, Mourning Dove, Black-billed Cuckoo, Eastern
Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl,
Common Nighthawk, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted
Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy
Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Northern
Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern
Wood-Pewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Least
Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern
Kingbird, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged
Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Blue Jay, Common
Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, House
Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Eastern Bluebird, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Wood Thrush,
American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher,
Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-throated,
Warbling Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Tennessee
Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parla, Yellow Warbler,
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler,Black-throated
Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler,
Blackburnian Warbler, Pine Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll
Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird,
Northern Water thrush, Mourning Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Canada
Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak,
Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow ,Field Sparrow,
Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow,
White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Bobolink, Red-winged
Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Rusty Blackbird, Common Grackle,
Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, Purple Finch, House Finch,
Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Pine Siskin, American
Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak.
Adirondack Bird Directory for
further information on our Adirondack Bird population.
Wild Species of
Eastern Cougar, wolf and fisher inhabited the Adirondacks prior
to European settlement. These species have declined or
extirpated from the Park. The Canada Lynx restoration
effort failed. The Lynx is now legally protected.
The wolf and Eastern Cougar are considered extirpated; but some
reports are most likely a hybrid of red wolf and coyote.
Canadian Lynx is more like a bobcat,
and twice the size of a domestic cat. The lynx are secretive
and mostly nocturnal animal. They hunt in deep snow cover and
higher altitudes. They roam 1 to 3 miles a day.
reported protected or endangers in the Jessup River Wild Forest
taken from the DEC report)
Spotted Salamander have two rows of yellowish orange spots that
run along the back side. They make their home in hardwood
forest area and spend most of its time below the surface, under
leaves or burrows; and use nearby ponds for breeding in the
Spring. They have poison glands around their back and
neck, to release as protection against their predators.
This toxin is harmless to humans. They are nocturnal
(Glyptemys insculpta) -
The wood turtle is found in well
oxygenated good quality streams with sandy-pebbly
substrates that are deep enough so that they do not freeze
during hibernation Ideal habitat includes dense alder swamp and
forested wetland habitat bordering the streams where the turtles
can bask and have protection from predators. Wood turtles
forge for fungi and vegetation. Wood turtles select both
slopes and level sandy open areas for nest sites. They are
listed as species of interest because of the long maturity rate
(15 years) and high hatchling mortality.
The Jefferson salamander is
listed by New York State as species of special concern and
believed to exist in the Siamese Pond Wilderness. The
salamanders require pools that remain deep long enough to
complete their metamorphosis which takes approximately 1-2
weeks. They use the forested habitat used during the remainder
of the year.
Northern Spring Peeper
(Pseudacris crucifer) -
Northern Spring Peepers inhabit
coniferous, deciduous and mixed forested habitat where they
typically breed in ponds, emergent marshes or shrub swamps.
However, their spring chorus is commonly heard from just about
any body of water, especially in areas where trees or shrubs
stand in and near water.
- Bullfrogs require permanent bodies of water with
adequateemergent and edge cover. Their aquatic habitats include
shallow lake coves, slow-moving rivers and streams, and ponds.
- Green frogs are rarely found more than
several meters from some form of water, including lakes and
ponds, streams, quarry pools, springs, and vernal pools.
(Rana palustris) -
Whether the habitat selected is a bog,
fen, pond, stream, spring, slough, or cove, Pickerel Frogs
prefer cool, clear waters, avoiding polluted or stagnant
habitats. Grassy streambanks and inlets to springs, bogs,
marshes, or weedy ponds are favorite habitat choices.
Northern Leopard Frog
(Rana pipiens) -
Although sometimes found in wet woodlands
Northern Leopard Frogs are the frog of wet meadows and open
fields, breeding in ponds, marshes, and slow, shallow, vegetated
(Rana septentrionalis) -
prefer cool, permanent water with adequate
emergent and floating-leaved vegetation where they feed on
aquatic insects and other invertebrates. Here they also
hibernate on the bottom in the mud.
(Rana sylvatica) -
prefer cool, moist, woodlands where they select temporary pools
for breeding. However, where vernal pools are absent, wood frogs
will breed in a variety of habitats including everything from
cattail swamps to roadside ditches.
The Jessup River Wild Forest has many
classification of ponds (American Brook Trout Ponds, Coldwater Ponds
and Lakes, Other Ponds & Lakes, Two-Story Ponds & Lakes, Unknown
Ponds & Lakes, and Warm water Ponds & Lakes).
Fishing Directory for more information in other regions
of the Adirondacks.
- 5 acre pond in Lake Pleasant was a
natural brook trout water body; but with the upstream of Charley
Lake, it now harboring largemouth bass and may have eliminated the
- 50 acre warm water lake with
species of smallmouth bass, yellow perch, fall fish and chain
24 acre warm water lake with native
white sucker, non-native chain pickerel, smallmouth bass and yellow
perch reported. Also reported were pumpkinseed,
brown bullhead, rock bass, fall fish and golden shiner.
- 289 acre two-story lake and located
1/2 mile west of Sacandaga Lake and accessed by town highway and
snowmobile trail. A survey in the '50, reported pumpkinseed,
creek chub, brown bullhead, yellow perch and golden shiners, as well
as non-native central mudminnow. Overfishing for lake trout
has lead to restrictive fishing regulations and closure of winter
- 44 acre two-story lake
chain pickerel, largemouth bass, rainbow smelt, and stocked with
rainbow trout. In the late 1960's, lake trout and splake
- 4,365 acre two-story
reservoir which was constructed as part of the Hudson River-Black
River Regulation District. The dam was erected in 1898 and
raised the water level 33'. The captured species included lake
whitefish, brown trout, lake trout, rainbow smelt, white sucker,
brown bullhead, rock bass, pumpkinseed, smallmouth bass and yellow
perch. Brown trout yearlings have been stocked since 1993.
A portion of this lake is wild forest and a boat launch access from
the campground on the southern end of the lake and a private marina
near Sabael are used for water access.
pond (not been surveyed) which lies approximately 1 mile east of the
portion of Indian Lake known as 'the narrows' at the north end of
Baldface Mountain. The entire shoreline of Jerry Pond is
contained within this wild forest unit. Jerry Pond is tributary to
Round Pond Outlet and is located just 800' from a good road.
- a 480-acre warm water
lake. The 1975 survey reported white sucker and
redbreast sunfish, native-but-widely-introduced pumpkinseed and
brown bullhead, and nonnative northern pike, smallmouth bass,
largemouth bass, yellow perch, rock bass, and golden shiner.
The lake also supports a small coldwater community of lake trout
and probably brown trout and lake whitefish, which emigrate from
Indian Lake. Little change was noted in the fish
community in the 1992 survey other than an increased abundance
of largemouth bass. The Town of Indian Lake stocked
fingerling walleye into Lake Abanakee from 1994-1997.
However, an survey done in 2002 failed to capture any walleye
and they captured limited numbers of the warm water species
previously reported in 1992. The lake is located on the
outlet of Indian Lake and is split by Route 28 and a town road
into three segments. Only a portion of the lake is
bordered by this wild forest unit. Lake Abanakee has
a maximum depth of 20.7'. Lake Abanakee has
fluctuating water levels due to whitewater rafting releases and
discharges from the Indian Lake Dam.
- a 1,504-acre two-story lake that was first surveyed in
1932. A 1954 survey added nonnative rock bass and
fallfish to the species list from prior surveys (lake trout,
white suckers, creek chub, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, yellow
perch, walleye, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel and lake
whitefish. John Greeley experimentally stocked
landlocked salmon into the lake's tributaries in 1954.
There is still a remnant lake whitefish population in Lake
Pleasant because they were reported by anglers through the
1980's and the state record whitefish (10 lbs 8 oz) was caught
in 1995. Lake trout may not be present today based on a
lack of recent angler reports. The Conservation Department
commenced a popular rainbow trout stocking program in the
1960's. Excellent catches of rainbow trout up to 8 pounds
have been reported, especially during the late 1960's and early
1970's. DEC commenced a split rainbow trout and brown trout
stocking program in 1980. Surveys conducted in 1992 and 1995
yielded no new fish community information, but since 1995 the
nonnative species of largemouth bass and rainbow smelt have been
documented by reliable sources. The high abundance of rainbow
smelt now in the lake prompted initiation of an experimental
stocking policy for landlocked Atlantic salmon in 2003. The lake
is located immediately southwest of the Village of Speculator
and is bordered on its north shore by Route 8. Lake Pleasant has
a pH of about 7 and has a maximum depth of 64 feet. Only a
portion of the lake is bordered by this wild forest unit. Public
boat access is limited on Lake Pleasant. Boaters venture
to the lake from the Moffitt Beach Campground launch on
Sacandaga Lake through its shallow outlet to Lake Pleasant, or
they try to launch small boats near the Route 28 bridge on the
a shallow, 21-acre warm water lake that was first surveyed in
1932. The 1957 collected both yellow perch and chain
pickerel along with native-but widely-introduced brown bullhead
and pumpkinseed and nonnative golden shiner. The pond is
located ¼ mile north of Sacandaga Lake near the mouth of
Hatchery Brook. Lake Sound has a pH of 6.86, maximum depth
of 8.9 feet, and a mean depth of 9.5 feet. Lake
Sound is located completely within this wild forest unit.
Largemouth bass will be introduced to Lake Sound to diversify
its warm water fishery.
- a 365-acre two-story
lake that was first surveyed in 1932 with reported lake trout,
native-but-widely-introduced brown bullhead, and nonnative chain
pickerel, yellow perch, lake whitefish, and smallmouth bass and
stocked with lake trout and walleye and yellow perch.
By 1964 a survey also found white sucker,
native-but-widely-introduced pumpkinseed, and nonnative northern
pike and rock bass. In 1965
native-but-widely-introduced cisco were collected by the
Conservation Department. In recent years, brown trout and
landlocked salmon stocked in Indian Lake have been common
catches in Lewey Lake, particularly during the ice fishing
season. The lake is located in the headwaters of Indian Lake,
southwest of Indian Lake. The lake is accessible by vehicle from
Route 30 and has a state campsite located on its easterly and
southern shores. Lewey Lake has a maximum depth of 53.1
feet. Only a portion of the lake is bordered by this wild
- a 90-acre lake that was
first surveyed in 1932 reporting white sucker and common shiner,
native-but-widely-introduced brown bullhead, and nonnative lake
whitefish and golden shiner. Mason Lake was
reclaimed for the first time in 1952 and was subsequently
reclaimed a number of times as a result of reinfestation by
competing species. Modest catches of brook trout were
reported in the 1960's and early 1970's. A 1973 DEC survey found
brook trout and white sucker, native-but-widely-introduced creek
chub and brown bullhead, and nonnative landlocked salmon and
golden shiner. A 1987 survey added nonnative pearl dace to the
species list. Largemouth bass were introduced by DEC in
1993 to provide a sport fishery. Anglers have recently
reported the presence of nonnative smallmouth bass. The lake is
located on the west side of Route 30, approximately 1 mile north
of the Route 30 crossing of the Jessup River. Mason Lake has a
maximum depth of 18 feet, and a mean depth of 9.2 feet.
The entire shoreline of Mason Lake is contained within this wild
- a 13-acre warm water pond.
The survey report noted that the lake had a fish community
containing native-but-widely introduced brown bullhead and
nonnative chain pickerel and yellow perch. In 1957 a
Conservation Department survey collected the same species along
with white sucker, native-but-widely-introduced pumpkinseed, and
nonnative smallmouth bass and rock bass. The lake is
located approximately 1 mile north of Sacandaga Lake at Perry's
Clearing. Mud Lake has a maximum depth of 10.8 feet. The
entire shoreline of Mud Lake is contained within this wild
- a 9-acre warm-water pond entire shoreline is contained within
this wild forest unit.
Surveys collected creek chub sucker and white sucker, native-but
widely-introduced pumpkinseed, and nonnative smallmouth bass,
chain pickerel, fallfish, and yellow perch. The lake is located
at the headwaters of Fall Stream, a major inlet to Piseco Lake,
and is approximately ½ mile east of the Northville-Placid trail.
Mud Pond has amaximum depth of 10.8 feet.
- a 314-acre warm water lake that
was first surveyed in 1932 that the lake was reputed to have
been a banner speckled trout lake, but by the 1930's water
temperatures were high. The increased water temperatures
and decline of the brook trout community may have been caused by
logging and sedimentation following tree clearing.
The 1932 survey collected or reported white sucker,
native-but-widely-introduced pumpkinseed and brown bullhead, and
nonnative smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, and
golden shiner. The 1964 survey collected the same
species along with creek chub sucker. Largemouth bass were
introduced in 1964 and were collected during a 1973 DEC survey.
The entire lake shoreline was electrofished in June 2002
yielding no new species. The lake is located between Piseco Lake
and Sacandaga Lake and is bordered along its south shore by
Route 8. Oxbow Lake has a maximum depth of 11.8 feet, but most
of the lake is quite shallow. Only a portion of the lake is
bordered by this wild forest unit.
Panther or Mountain Pond
- a 4-acre pond. Brook trout stocking program ran in 1969.
A 1972 DEC survey collected brook trout and
native-but-widely-introduced creek chub. In 1995, native
northern redbelly dace and NBWI brown bullhead were added to the
fish community list. This small pond is accessible via a
0.6-mile trail from Route 30. Panther (Mountain) Pond has
a swampy shoreline with large untreatable wetlands. The entire
shoreline of Panther (Mountain) Pond is contained within this
wild forest unit.
- a 1589-acre two-story lake that "the lake of irregular
bottom" as rocky shoals rise from the depths in many places with
a maximum depth of 59 feet. A split rainbow trout
and brown trout stocking program was implemented by DEC in 1980.
A 1995 survey found no new fish species, but nonnative
largemouth bass and rainbow smelt have sincebeen reported. An
experimental stocking policy of landlocked Atlantic salmon was
initiated in 2003 to take advantage of the new rainbow smelt
Vly Lake -
a 38-acre warm-water with reports of white sucker and creek chub
sucker along with native-but-widely-introduced pumpkinseed, and
nonnative fallfish, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, and yellow
perch. The lake is located in the headwaters of Fall Stream. The
entire shoreline of Vly Lake is contained within this wild
There are several unnamed ponds in this region
and the state will be preserving the fish species for the
ice fishing and other winter recreational pursuits that are not
part of long-distance travel, snowmobile access to the ice on
Sacandaga Lake will be provided at Moffitt Beach Campground and
snowmobile access to the ice on Oxbow Lake will remain possible
from the western end of the lake.
Hamilton County Federation of Sportsmen is
sponsoring an Ice Fishing Derby throughout the months of
January, February, and March. Contestants can fish any body of
water open for the ice fishing season.
Call the Hamilton County Park District at 513-521-PARK (7275) or
visit GreatParks.org to check on ice conditions before fishing.
Ice fishing is gauged upon the
thickness of the ice, which Rangers check daily. Ice-fishers
must bring their own equipment.
pack & paddling
into the region for weeks of hunting. The game species
found in the Jay Wilderness are mainly white-tailed deer,
moose and black bear. Small game hunting may take
beaver, bobcat, Coyote, Eastern Cottontail, Ermine, Fisher,
Gray Fox, Gray Squirrel, Long-tailed Weasel, Martin, Mink,
Muskrat, Raccoon, Fed Fox, River Otter, Striped Skunk,
Varying Hare, and Virginia Opossum. The State's
Hunting Guide lines need to be abided (visit
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.
The Jessup River Wild Forest is riddled with "Multiple Use Trails".
In the winter, this region is alive with snowmobile tourism, and in
the summer with family hiking and camping. There are no
officially designated horse trails as the
"multiple-use trail" as a trail that is designed to accommodate a
wide variety of recreational activities. Trail uses could include,
but are not necessarily limited to snowmobiling, horseback riding,
and/or all terrain bicycling in addition to primitive uses such as
walking, hiking, backpacking, jogging, or running. This type
of trail is marked with snowmobile, horse, bicycle, and/or in some
instances foot trail markers. It can also be marked with a
combination of markers showing the trail use combinations such as
snowmobile/bike, snowmobile/bike/horse/foot, etc. With the exception
of trail segments along roads in intensive use campgrounds and
facilities within highway right-of-ways, Forest Preserve multiple
use trails can vary from narrow ATB trails to Class II
For future references, 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 are 11.3 miles of marked trails through this region:
Mountain Trail (Class-IV, Blue
markers) - 1.1 mi. Water access
from Norman's Cove (water access)
on Indian Lake to the open ledges at the 2230' summit.
This trail is suitable for family groups with a vertical rise of
580 feet and can be easily climbed by almost everyone.
Northville-Lake Placid Trail (Class-V,
Blue markers) - 5.7 mi. and .1 mile on private land from Cold
Stream Bridge to State boundary
from NYS Boundary Line at the end
of the Haskell Road to NYS/IP Boundary at Perkins Clearing.
Additional three miles of the trail is along the road from NYS
Route 8 to the end of the Haskell Road.
Pillsbury Mountain Trail (Class-IV,
Red markers) - 1.6 mi. From the Old Military Rd. parking area to
the fire tower and the 3597' summit.
Mountain Trail (Class-IV, Red markers)
- 2.9 mi.# (Total trail length is 3.9 miles) The first
mile of trail from NYS Route 30 is within the West Canada Lakes
Wilderness Area. The Jessup River Wild Forest portion of the
trail continues to the fire tower and 3899' summit. The
climbing ascent is 2106 feet, which is greater that many of the
Old Woods Roads -
These exist in several locations with permanent barriers
preventing illegal motorized use. Areas include Indian Clearing,
Gilmantown Road, etc.
Herd Paths -
Unmarked foot trails which have evolved by continued use.
Notable areas include: Callahan Brook, Indian Clearing, Fawn
Lake, Fish Mt., Mud Lake, Pine Hill, Squaw Brook, and Watch Hill.
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
River Forest has Class IX trails (All Terrain Bicycle) routes
designated for bicycle use that may vary from easy, dirt-surface
roads, to winding forest paths to narrow challenging single
track trails. These trails are maintained according to
International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) standards.
Visit our complete
Cross Country Ski Trails
There are 8.5 miles of
marked cross country ski trails in the region. The Abanakee
Loop is 3.5 miles with an additional .3 miles on private land; and
the Piseco Airport Trail (Foxy Brown Loop) has 5 miles starting from
town land from the airport looking back to the runway. Cross
County Skiing is also good on all the lakes in the region.
All Hamilton County Parks are open to cross-country
skiing, but no skiing is allowed on golf courses or conservation
areas. Call 513-521-PARK (7275) or visit GreatParks.org to
check winter park conditions before visiting.
the Jessup River Wild Forest, snowmobile trails (Class II -
Community Connector Trails) are connected through state land.
The snowmobile trail system is quite fragmented and consist of
numerous distinct tracts separated by major highways or bodies of
water. Below are some of the trails, but it suggested to check
the Speculator Chamber has a complete list of trails and maintains
trail conditions. Visit:
No trail permits required and free parking at many trailhead
All sleds are required to have a
New York State registration.
Visitors sled at their own risk in all Hamilton County Parks. Call
the Hamilton County Park District at 513-521-PARK (7275) or visit
GreatParks.org to check on winter park conditions before visiting.
Visit our complete
Directory of Snowmobile for clubs,
outfitters and more.
trails currently being utilized are:
Bear Trap Brook Trail - (1.4 miles)
with the exception of a very small piece of State land next to
the highway the trail utilizes an additional .5 mi. over private
land to access State lands from NYS Route 28/30. From NYS
Route 28/30 to Finch Pruyn boundary line. An additional 10 miles
is leased from Finch, Pruyn to connect with snowmobile trails in
the Moose River Plains Area. The section over State lands is
located mostly on an old woods road with very few exposed rocks.
There is only one bridge over Bear Trap Brook.
Dunning Pond Trail - (4.6 mi.) From NYS
Route 30 to the Gilmantown Road. The section over State lands is located mostly on an old woods road for the first 2.3 miles to
Dunning Pond Creek. Trail is narrower on section to
Fall Lake Trail - From Oxbow Lake to the
junction with the Piseco-Perkins Clearing Trail. Several rocks,
hummocks and damp sections. Floating bog mat adjacent to the
Fall Lake crossing. Western segment from Airport Parking used by
ice fisherman to access Fall Lake.
Lawrence Farm Trail - (0.4 miles)
providing a land based connection between Speculator and
easements lands to the north, with trails forking north to
Indian Lake or west to Arietta. The trail is located adjacent to
the state boundary and is within a mile of NYS Route 30. It will
become the eastern end of the proposed Fish Mountain trail.
Oxbow-Spy Lake Trail - (3.2 miles between
the NP trail intersection Oxbow Lake and private lands to the
west), allowing a connection between Arietta trails and points
east with Morehouse and Herkimer County or communities in Fulton
County via the Powley Road. While a portion of this trail is
adjacent to the Silver Lake Wilderness, the trail is within a
mile of a motorized travel corridor and motorized water bodies
and is located along the periphery of the unit.
Oxbow Road Trail - (0.5
mile section from Fish Mountain Cemetery area to Oxbow Lake
Piseco-Perkins Clearing Trail
- 8.5 mi. Includes additional 1.5 mile trail spur to the I.P.
boundary line near Mossy Vly. From the Piseco Airport to the I.P.
boundary line near Willis Mountain. Numerous bridges, corduroy,
and hummocks. Scattered damp areas. Southern part of trail
to Vly Lake is located primarily on an old woods road.
Round Pond Brook Trail -
(2.7 miles)- designation of Jerry Savarie Road as a snowmobile
trail. This trail will enable residents of the Big Brook area
and the general public (once the new parking area is built) to
connect with the town and county snowmobile trail systems. While
the trail will pass through the center of a 3,800 acre tract,
the trail will be located within a mile of motorized travel
Moffitt Beach Trail - (0.4
miles, spur trail from campground parking area to Hatchery
Brook) - Additional 0.5 miles on intensive use lands. This
trail allows alternative access from the eastern part of Lake
Trail - (1.2 mi.) Additional .6 mile on private lands. From Piseco Lake to Oxbow Lake. Eastern part of trail has a couple of
Rudeston Hill Access
Snowmobile trail - (0.3 miles) This trail will provide
snowmobile access from public parking at the town of Arietta
Community Hall to the existing trail system before Oxbow or
Piseco Lake are safely frozen.
Fawn Lake Trail
- (4.2 mi.) Includes short spur trail. From Sacandaga Lake to the junction with the Piseco-Perkins Clearing
Trail. Several bridges and numerous sections of corduroy,
several wet spots. Popular hiking trail to the beach at the
north end of Fawn Lake.
Crow Hill Trail -
(0.1 miles) Indian Lake-Sabael .5 mi. Additional 2
miles on private land. From the Crow Hill Road. to Indian
Fall Lake Trail - 1.1 mi. From Oxbow Lake
to the junction with the Piseco-Perkins Clearing Trail. Several
rocks, hummocks and damp sections. Floating bog mat adjacent to
the Fall Lake crossing. Western segment from Airport Parking used
by ice fisherman to access Fall Lake.
Line Trail - (3.8 mi.) From Perkins Clearing Road to Indian
Lake (across NYS Route 30). The section over State lands is
located mostly on an old woods road, with the exception of a
small section in the vicinity of Mason Lake.
Trail - (.4 mi.) This
trail starts at the IP boundary and uses a portion of the
Lawrence Farm Road and another old woods road before re-entering
Perkins Clearing - Lewey Lake Trail -
Town trail estimated two miles of this trail is outside of the
road ROW over wilderness lands. This moderate use trail allows
a connection between the community of Speculator (and other
communities to the east and west) and Indian Lake.
Oxbow-Sacandaga Lake Trail - (.8 mi.) Additional 1.8
miles on private lands. From Oxbow Lake to Sacandaga Lake. The trail is partly located on an old woods road. Some damp
areas. A portion of this trail was used in the past for MV
access on an administrative road to an adjoining private gravel
Route 30 -
trails - public roads or right of ways plus frozen surfaces
of Indian Lake, Fawn Lake, Oxbow Lake, Piseco lake, Sacanadaga
Lake and Lake Pleasant.
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New Trails (see
- Crow Hill
Fish Mountain Trail (12.1 miles, including
trails to Mud Lake and Brister Brook from easement lands
north of Speculator looping around Mud Lake to Oxbow Lake).
This proposal will provide a snowmobile trail leading to and
from Speculator without requiring the use of the frozen
surfaces of Lake Pleasant or Sacandaga Lake. The trail will
incorporate a 0.2 mile section of the Rudeston Hill Trail
that ends at Oxbow Lake and a 1.0 mile section of the Fawn
Lake Trail south of Fawn Lake.
Fish Mountain Spur Trail (1.1 miles from
private land to the Fish Mt. Trail) The trail will require
0.8 miles of new trail north of the Fish Mt. Cemetery and
will incorporate a 0.3 mile section of the Oxbow-Sacandaga
- Mud Lake
Hill Access Trail
- Round Pond
Gilmantown Trail (2.5 miles) The town
of Wells uses a combination of DOT shoulders along NYS Route
30, unplowed town roads, and private land. It is
considered unsuitable for a “community connector” trail due
to safety concerns, maintenance problems, and conflicts with
public motor vehicle use of the highway. This proposal will
utilize a combination of private land, JRWF, road shoulder,
and easement lands to provide a land-based snowmobile trail
connection from Wells to Speculator without requiring the
use of NYS Route 30 ROW. From the NYS Route 30 crossing the
trail will proceed north using roads and trails on easement
land to reach the village of Speculator. The portion of the
trail across JRWF lands trail is within a mile of motorized
Lake Access Spur Trails - (0.2 mile spur
trail to Sacandaga Lake in the vicinity of the Fawn Lake
Road, 0.2 mile and 0.5 mile spur trails on the north side of
Oxbow Lake) Construction of the Fish Mt. trail will provide
a Community Connector Trail reaching between Speculator and
Arietta that will eliminate the need to cross Oxbow and
Sacandaga Lakes and to a large degree Oxbow Lake.
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; i.e.: “those that can be developed by conversion of
appropriate abandoned roads, snowmobile trails, or state truck
trails.” There are several abandoned roads within the
Hoffman Notch Wilderness appropriate for horse riding.
Adirondack Horseback Directory
for other areas.
Jessup River Wild Forest has
Class VII trails designated for equestrian use with an eight
foot maximum width.
To go where other have gone:
http://youtu.be/uDOU2AlnCYk (Augur Falls)
Mtn. Fire Tower)
There are 23 barrier of rock barriers
within the region of either pipe gates or cattle gates are in use to
control road travel.
Foot Trail Bridges
On the Pillsbury
Mountain Trail across the Miami River
Northville-Lake Placid Trail, double stringer bridges - pole
bridges of varying lengths
On the Snowy
Mountain Trail, pole bridges of varying lengths (8), total
length of 110'
On the Snowy
Mountain Trail, pole bridge over Beaver Brook (center crib)
length of 20'
There are 55
snowmobile bridges in this region:
Bear Trap Brook
Trail: Bear Trap Brook
Piseco - Perkins
Clearing Trail: Between Piseco Airport and Fall Lake
Trail intersection and between Fall Lake Trail junction and
International Paper Co. boundary and on a fall stream.
Trail: Gilmantown Road (road ditch), a few small
bridge remains, unbridged crossing of Dunning Pond Brook.
Fawn Lake Trail:
Between trailhead and Big Brook Trail intersection, Fawn Lake
Outlet and Willis Vly
Fall Lake Trail:
Between trailhead and Oxbow Lake
Lake Trail: Between Oxbow Lake and private land near Fish Mt.
Trail: Piseco School to Spy Lake
Trail: Between boundary and Oxbow Lake
Dry tread/Plank Bridging
Boardwalks & Stairs
Indian Lake Dam
Indian Lake and
Indian River, water gauge-structure
Peasely caretaker agreement - house (two buildings)
Mountain Observers Cabin at summit
Road, Town of Arietta- (vehicle capacity: 7 on town property)
Road, Pillsbury Mt. Trailhead (vehicle capacity: 15)
- NYS Route 30, Snowy Mt. Trail
(vehicle capacity: 13)
Fawn Lake Road
Northville-Lake Placid Trail
NYS Route 30,
Dunning Pond Snowmobile Trail
NYS Route 28,
Abanakee Loop (Town of Indian Lake/Byron Park or private land)
locations are where snowmobile trails cross public roads and,
although they provide access to State land, they are not
designed primarily for that purpose: NYS Route 30
(north of Jessup River bridge) and NYS Route 28 (near the Cedar
Placid Trail (Haskell Road)
Old Military Road
(Pillsbury Mt. Trailhead)
Nordic Ski Trail#
Trail (NYS Route 30)
Fall Lake Trail
Snowmobile Trail (NYS Route 30)
- Fawn Lake Trail
Adirondack Mountain Club
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Regulation/Backcountry Law Enforcement
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