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Five Ponds Wilderness Area - Unit Management Plan

The Five Ponds Wilderness (FPW) is located in the towns of Fine and Clifton in St. Lawrence County, the town of Webb in Herkimer County and the town of Long Lake in Hamilton County. It is bounded on the north by Cranberry Lake, a portion of the Oswegatchie River, the road leading to Inlet and private lands; on the east by the Colton town line and private lands in the vicinity of Gull Lake, a road leading to Gull Lake and the Remsen to Lake Placid railroad; on the south by Stillwater Reservoir; on the southwest by the Wilderness Lakes Primitive Area and on the west by private land and lands classified as wild forest.

The terrain is low, rolling and interspersed with many small ponds. Swamp areas and small brooks are numerous. The forest cover varies from pole-size hardwoods in the sections that were heavily logged and burned more than forty years ago to virgin pine and spruce stands. This is one of the few locations in the northeastern United States where stands of virgin timber can be found.

A Unit Management Plan for the Five Ponds Wilderness Area was completed in April 1994. If you have questions and/or comments or would like to obtain a copy of this UMP, please email us at: r6.ump@dec.ny.gov


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