Independence River Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan
The Independence River Wild Forest covers approximately 79,519 acres of Forest Preserve lands. The unit is located in the Towns of Watson, Greig and Lyonsdale in Lewis County, and the Town of Webb in Herkimer County. It is bounded on the west by the Adirondack Park boundary, to the south by the Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness, the Beaver River on the north and the Pigeon Lakes Wilderness to the east.
For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Independence River Wild Forest recreation page.
Status of the UMP
The Department adopted a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Independence River Wild Forest in 1986, and is currently working on a revision to that UMP. If you have questions or comments about the existing UMP, or about the UMP process, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the UMP
Independence River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - PDF (7.8 MB) - This is a large file and may take a long time to download. As an alternative, you may download individual sections below.
Sections for Easier Downloading
2011 Amendment - Snowmobile Trail Configuration
This amendment proposed the classification of all the snowmobile trails in the unit and for the relocation of four existing snowmobile trails or trail segments.
2010 Amendment - Parking/Trailhead Relocation
This amendment proposed the construction of a new three-car parking area, including one accessible space, off the Big Moose Road, and a reroute of the foot trail to the summit of Stillwater Mountain.
2004 Amendment - Closure of Roads to ATV Use
This amendment proposed the closure of 38 roads to public ATV access within several units, including Independence River Wild Forest.
1995 Amendment - Otter Creek Horse Trail System Expansion
This amendment proposed additional trails in the Otter Creek Horse Trail System.
1993 Amendment - Bicycle Trail Designation
This amendment proposed the designation of bicycle trails in multiple units, including Independence River Wild Forest.
1990 Amendment - Trail and Bridge Construction
This amendment proposed the construction of an additional trail and bridge to be added to the Otter Creek Horse Trail System.
1988 Amendment - Otter Creek Horse Trail Development
This amendment proposed the formal designation of trails for equestrian use.