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Moose River Plains Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

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 plan was approved in 2011.

Potential UMP Amendment to Improve Mountain Bike Trail System

The Unit Management Plan (UMP) for Moose River Plains Wild Forest (MRPWF) is under review for possible amendment to improve the mountain bike trail system. The 2011 UMP called for DEC to create a working group consisting of mountain bikers, local governments and other interested parties to develop a comprehensive mountain bike plan for the MRPWF. A July 2013 meeting with stakeholders resulted in DEC contracting with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) to create a conceptual mountain bike trail plan. A public meeting will be held on December 18, 2014, to discuss this plan The meeting will take place in the gymnasium of the Raquette Lake Union Free School, 115 State Route 28, Raquette Lake, beginning at 7 pm. Comments on the conceptual plan can be emailed to DEC or mailed to: McCrea Burnham, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4254.

Conceptual Mountain Bike Trail Plan (PDF, 2.7 MB)


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, 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 r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.