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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, and 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 and on the west by the Pepperbox Wilderness, Watson's East Triangle Wild Forest, and Aldrich Pond Wild Forest.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Five Ponds Wilderness recreation page.

Status of the UMP

The Department adopted a revised Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Five Ponds Wilderness in 1994. If you have questions regarding the UMP, please email us at

Download the UMP

Five Ponds Wilderness Unit Management Plan - (PDF, 9.1 MB)

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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