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Cedarlands Conservation Easement

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NOTE: DEC has released the Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract Draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for public review and comment.

Cedarlands Conservation Easement locator map

The 4,890-acre Cedarlands Conservation Easement is part of the Conservation Easement Lands of the Adirondacks. The central features of the area are two water bodies, Mud Pond and McRorie Lake (previously known as Rock Pond). There are also two prominent mountains, Rock Pond Mountain and Mud Pond Mountain.

The lands are privately owned by the Boy Scouts of America. There is no public use of the adjacent Base Camp Area at any time.

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Rock Pond Mountain

The public portion of the easement lands is divided into two areas. The 590-acre Mud Pond Area is open for public use year-round. While the 3,300-acre McRorie Lake Area is open to public use for ten months of the year. The area is closed to the public from June 24 to August 23.

The public is not allowed to enter the gravel mining area in the Mud Pond Area.

A conservation easement is a partnership with the private landowner that allows public access while protecting open space by limiting development. The private landowner retained the right to manage the property for purposes such as sustainable timber production. Logging trucks, skidders, and other logging equipment may be present during logging operations. Before recreating, please review the map and rules that apply to the places you want to use.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There are six miles of trails on the Cedarlands Easement which are available for hiking from August 24 to June 23. A 0.75-mile section of trail to Mud Pond is open to the public all year.

Fishing Camp Trail extends 4.0 miles from the trailhead to the northeastern shore of McRorie Lake and serves as the main access to the interior of the easements. The first 0.4 mile of the trail is located on the Kickerville Road. The trail passes Mud Pond then runs parallel to the shores of McRorie Lake and with small ascents and descents along its length.

The trail is closed beyond the Mud Pond Hand Launch Site (approximately 0.75 mile from the trailhead) from June 24 - August 23. Hikers must remain on the section of trail between Mud Pond and the McRorie Lake Outlet (the Base Camp Area). Accessing the private lands adjacent to the trail is prohibited.

The following trails are accessed from the Fishing Camp Trail and are available to the public from August 24 to June 23:

McRorie Lake Trail leaves the Fishing Camp Trail approximately 2.1 miles from the trailhead at the junction of three trails. The trail extends 0.5 mile at the end of a point on the southwest shore of the lake.

McRorie Lake Spur Trail leaves the McRorie Lake Trail 0.1 mile from the Fishing Camp Trail junction and extends 250 feet to the shore of a bay in southwestern McRorie Lake.

Mud Pond Mountain Trail leaves the Fishing Camp Trail approximately 2.1 miles from the trailhead at the junction of three trails. The trail ascends 0.75 mile and 300 feet to the summit of the 2,372-foot mountain.

Rock Pond Mountain Trail leaves the Fishing Camp Trail approximately 3.5 miles from the trailhead and trail ascends 1.4 miles and 1,170 feet to the summit of the 2,908-foot mountain.

Camping

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General information on backcountry camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

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McRorie Lake Tent Site

Tent sites are available on a first come-first served basis and cannot be reserved. Designated sites are marked with a yellow "Camp Here" disc. Designated tent sites are for tents only.

One primitive tent site and one lean-to on McRorie Lake are available to the public from August 24 to June 23 and can be accessed using the Fishing Camp Trail.

Campers who desire more amenities may camp at the nearby Lake Eaton Campground and take day trips into the Cedarlands Conservation Easement.

Paddling

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General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Mud Pond can be accessed from a hand launch on its northern shore off the Fishing Camp Trail approximately 0.75 mile from the trailhead parking area. The pond offers a quiet paddle with scenic views and opportunities for wildlife viewing.

McRorie Lake can be accessed by paddling from Mud Pond up the lake's outlet and a 0.25-mile carry.

Biking

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General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips with links to rules & regulations

Fishing Camp Trail is open to biking and extends 4.0 miles from the trailhead to the northeastern shore of McRorie Lake. The first 0.4 mile of the trail is located on the Kickerville Road. The trail passes Mud Pond then runs parallel to the shores of McRorie Lake and with small ascents and descents along its length. Beyond the Mud Pond Hand Launch Site (approximately 0.75 mile from the trailhead) the trail is open to the public for biking from August 24 - June 23.

Bikers must remain on the section of trail between Mud Pond and the McRorie Lake Outlet (the Base Camp Area). Accessing the private lands adjacent to the trail is prohibited.

McRorie Lake Trail leaves the Fishing Camp Trail approximately 2.1 miles from the trailhead at the junction of three trails. The trail extends 0.5 mile at the end of a point on the southwest shore of the lake. The trail is open to the public for biking from August 24 - June 23.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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snow shoeing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails when they are open to the public.

The following trails are recommend for cross-country skiing.

Fishing Camp Trail extends 4.0 miles from the trailhead to the northeastern shore of McRorie Lake and serves as the main access to the interior of the easements. The first 0.4 mile of the trail is located on the Kickerville Road. The trail passes Mud Pond then runs parallel to the shores of McRorie Lake and with small ascents and descents along its length.

Skiers and snowshoers must remain on the section of trail between Mud Pond and the McRorie Lake Outlet (the Base Camp Area). Accessing the private lands adjacent to the trail is prohibited.

McRorie Lake Trail leaves the Fishing Camp Trail approximately 2.1 miles from the trailhead at the junction of three trails. The trail extends 0.5 mile at the end of a point on the southwest shore of the lake.

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes fishing tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations

All waters within the Cedarlands Conservation Easement are open to fishing. Anglers may use the same trailheads and trails as hikers, the same hand launches as paddlers, and the same campsites as campers to access and fish these waters.

Mud Pond contains largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead and sunfish. The pond can be accessed from a hand launch on its northern shore off the Fishing Camp Trail - approximately 0.75 mile from the trailhead parking area.

McRorie Lake contains largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead and sunfish. The lake can be accessed by paddling from Mud Pond up the lake's outlet and a 0.25-mile carry.

Ice fishing is allowed on both waterbodies.

Adirondack/Lake Champlain Fishing provides information on fishing in the Adirondacks and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting

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General Information on hunting includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations

Hunters may use the parking area and trails used by hikers, and the hand launches used by paddlers to access the lands and waters in this area.

White-tailed deer, black bear, varying hare, ruffed grouse, waterfowl and other game species are present.

Trapping is not permitted on these lands.

Wildlife

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

The Adirondacks contain large tracts of wildlife habitat with some boreal, bog, alpine and other unique habitats. Many birds (common loon, peregrine falcon) and mammals (moose, black bear) are unique to the Adirondacks or are mainly found here. More than 50 species of mammals and hundreds of species of birds inhabit or pass through the Adirondacks at one time of the year or another.

Directions

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Parking Area

Cedarlands Parking Area is located along Kickerville Road. (44.0113°N, 74.4146°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website). About 2 miles from State Route 30 Kickerville Lane becomes an unpaved, private road. Those wishing to visit the Cedarlands Easement can continue on this road the 0.9 miles to the public parking area.

Hand Launch

Mud Pond Hand Launch is located off Fishing Camp Trail 0.75 mile from the Cedarlands Parking Area. (44.0174°N, 74.4180°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

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

All users of Cedarlands Conservation Easement must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

The public is prohibited from accessing:

  • Base Camp Area and the Gravel Pit Area at any time, and
  • McRorie Lake Area from June 24 - August 23.

Between August 23 and June 24 the public must remain on the section of trail between Mud Pond and the McRorie Lake Outlet (the Base Camp Area); accessing the private lands adjacent to the trail is prohibited.

Trapping is not permitted on any of the lands and waters within the easement.

How We Manage Cedarlands Conservation Easement

A Draft Recreational Management Plan (RMP) is currently under development. The RMP will provide detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries, and describe proposed recreational management infrastructure for the lands and waters within the easement lands.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Gas, dining opportunities, lodging, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby community of Long Lake.

Adirondack Regional Tourism Council (leaves DEC website), Adirondack Experience, and Long Lake Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

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 from 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 (leaves DEC Website) for information on outdoor guides.