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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 Opportunities

The public comment period for the draft UMP is now closed, and the Department is developing a proposed final UMP. If you have questions about the planning process, please contact us at

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