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Saranac Lakes Wild Forest - Draft Unit Management Plan

The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is comprised of approximately 75,000 acres of state land and 19,000 acres of waterbodies 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 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.

Public Comment Opportunity - Proposed Final UMP

The Adirondack Park Agency (link leaves DEC's website) will be making a determination of the UMP's conformance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan in the near future. A copy of the UMP can be downloaded from the Adirondack Park Agency website.

Draft UMP Downloadable Documents