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Moose River Plains Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

and Moose River Plains Intensive Use Camping Area

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is located in the Towns of Webb and Ohio in Herkimer County and the Towns of Arietta, Inlet, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant and Morehouse in Hamilton County. Numerous lakes and streams, including a portion of the traditional Adirondack canoe route from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, the South Branch of the Moose River, the Cedar River Flow, as well as numerous lakes and ponds, provide for a variety of water based recreational activities. During winter months snowmobiling is the major activity in this unit. The Limekiln Lake‐Cedar River Road provides a connection between the hamlets of Inlet and Indian Lake. DEC also maintains several other roads in the unit, and provides numerous individual camping sites along this road system. This provides a type of outdoor recreation between that of a developed campground and primitive tent camping.

The DEC began work on the unit management plan for the Moose River Plains Wild Forest in 2000. Public interest has played a major part in shaping the Department's vision for this unique and important component of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The planning process formally began with a public meeting in 2001, and a first draft of the plan was released for public review in March 2006. The final plan was approved in 2011.

Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement

While DEC is responsible for the individual UMPs for the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and the Moose River Plains Intensive Use Area, the land reclassification recommendations found within the UMPs were proposed for action separately by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). Because of the integrated nature of the UMPs and the land reclassifications, however, DEC and APA, as co‐lead agencies, determined it was most appropriate to move all proposals forward in the form of a single Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS).

Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) (pdf, 1.55 MB)

Unit Management Plan Sections


Appendix 25 - Maps

Contact Information

If you have questions about the Moose River Plains UMP, please contact us at r5ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us.