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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.

The Department completed 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: r6.ump@dec.ny.gov.

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.

2011 Amendment to the Independence River Wild Forest UMP - PDF (3.11 MB)

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.

2010 Amendment to the Independence River Wild Forest UMP - PDF (719 KB)

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.

2004 Amendment to the Independence River Wild Forest UMP - PDF (2.11 MB)

1995 Amendment - Otter Creek Horse Trail System Expansion

This amendment proposed additional trails in the Otter Creek Horse Trail System.

1995 Amendment to the Independence River Wild Forest UMP - PDF (207 KB)

1993 Amendment - Bicycle Trail Designation

This amendment proposed the designation of bicycle trails in multiple units, including Independence River Wild Forest.

1993 Amendment to the Independence River Wild Forest UMP - PDF (1.3 MB)

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.

1990 Amendment to the Independence River Wild Forest UMP - PDF (340 KB)

1988 Amendment - Otter Creek Horse Trail Development

This amendment proposed the formal designation of trails for equestrian use.

1988 Amendment to the Independence River Wild Forest UMP - PDF (210 KB)