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Five Ponds Wilderness - 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.

An updated Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Five Ponds Wilderness Area was completed in April 1994. If you have questions regarding the UMP, please email us at: r6.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Download the UMP

Five Ponds Wilderness Unit Management Plan - PDF (9.1 MB) - This is a large file and may take a long time to download. As an alternative, you may download specific sections below.

Sections for Easier Downloading

2003 Amendment - Alice Brook Snowmobile Trail

This amendment proposed the re-introduction of the Alice Brook Snowmobile Trail along a 50-ft wide primitive corridor within the unit.

2003 Amendment to the Five Ponds UMP - PDF (1.8 MB)

1996 Amendment - High Falls Trail Reroute

In response to the extreme blowdown event of 1995, the Department re-routed the western part of the High Falls Loop Trail, off of the Leary Trail and onto the High Falls Truck Trail.

1996 Amendment to the Five Ponds UMP - PDF (372 KB)

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