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Saranac Lakes Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) is 79,000 acres of state land in Franklin and Essex Counties. It is situated near the communities of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid. The unit offers many recreational opportunities, including but not limited to hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, hunting, and fishing. Popular hiking attractions include Scarface and Panther Mountains, Fernow Nature Trail, and the Lake Placid Peninsula Nature Trails. Many people enjoy boating and camping on Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is currently developing a Unit Management Plan for Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. If you have questions or comments about the UMP process, please email us at: r5ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us


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