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Columbia Lake State Forest

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This 700-acre state forest sits on a hilltop and is named for the nearby Columbia Lake, but provides no access to this private waterbody. Columbia Lake State Forest is nearly completely forested with both plantations and natural stands in various stages of succession. This variety of forest types will enhance hunting opportunities.


primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Hunting & Trapping


General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations. Hunting and trapping are allowed on this property.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.


Columbia Lake State Forest is located at the intersection of Columbia Lake Road and McCabe Hollow Road. Columbia Lake Road is three-tenths of one mile north of exit 84 From NYS Route 17 (Future Interstate 86). (42.054258°N, 75.3931611°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Columbia Lake State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

How We Manage Columbia Lake State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us (

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Columbia Lake State Forest is convenient to:

Oquaga Creek State Park (link leaves DEC website) is also in the vicinity.

Delaware County Tourism Webpage (link leaves DEC website) provides additional information.

Information Regarding Where to Find Amenities:

Gas, supplies, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Deposit.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores and on-line booksellers

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained form outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (link leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.

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