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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) is holding a public comment period, until July 13, 2018, on the Proposed Final UMP and its conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

As summary of the changes made to the Plan since it was released as a Draft in 2017 can be found in the Summary of Changes to the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest UMP (PDF, 20 KB).

Draft UMP Downloadable Documents

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