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East Branch of Fish Creek Recreation Management Plan

Includes East Osceola State Forest and Nearby Detached Forest Preserve Parcels

The lands covered by the East Branch of Fish Creek Recreation Management Plan (RMP), located within the Tug Hill region, contain headwaters for several watercourses of regional and statewide importance. The namesake of this RMP, the East Branch of Fish Creek, originates from this area of the Tug Hill, as does the Mad River and the Salmon River. Portions of the planning area drain to the Black River. Across the conservation easement lands, there are six different sets of public recreation rights, varying by location on the tracts. All of the lands are located in Lewis County in portions of five towns; Lewis, Martinsburg, Montague, Osceola, and West Turin.

The lands covered by this Recreation Management Plan are owned and managed by three different entities:

  • The State of New York (1,406 acres, East Branch of Fish Creek State Forest; 1,975 acres East Osceola State Forest; and 1,186 acres of Detached Forest Preserve, and owner and manager of the public recreation rights on the easements tracts);

  • The East Branch of Fish Creek North tract - owned by TNC (14,110 acres); and

  • The East Branch of Fish Creek South tract - owned by Corrigan (30,036 acres).

Status of the RMP

The Department adopted a Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the East Branch of Fish Creek Conservation Easement in 2013. If you have questions about the RMP, please email us at

Download the RMP

East Branch of Fish Creek Recreation Management Plan - PDF (5.6 MB)

Individual Maps

2016 Draft Amendment - Recreational Trail Development

This draft amendment proposes the designation and construction of a multiple-use recreational trail in accordance with the terms of the conservation easement.

Public Comment Opportunity

The Department will be accepting public comment on the Draft RMP until May 19, 2016. Comments can be sent to the following contact:

Michael Giocondo
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367

Download the Draft RMP Amendment

2016 Draft Amendment to the East Branch of Fish Creek RMP - PDF (1.2 MB)

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