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Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area - Unit Management Plan

The Siamese Ponds Wilderness (SPW) is one of the larger Wilderness designated areas in the Adirondack Park. It extends some 24 miles north and south and 18 miles east and west and contains approximately 46,138.43 hectares (114,010.1 acres) of Forest Preserve lands. Associated with the SPW are the Dug Mountain, Forks Mountain and Chatiemac Primitive Areas. During the early part of the nineteenth century, logging became an important industry in the region, and most of the Wilderness was heavily cut over. Devastating fires at the turn of the century continued to significantly impact this natural resource.

Today, however, the area shows little evidence of these past impacts and has become known for its natural beauty. Popular points of interest include the Siamese Ponds that gave the area its name, Puffer Pond, Puffer Mountain, Chimney Mountain, Auger Falls, and Thirteenth Lake.

The Department completed a Unit Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Siamese Ponds Wilderness in May 2005. If you have questions or commments about the UMP, please contact us at: r5ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Siamese Ponds Wilderness Unit Management Plan (3.65 MB, pdf)