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. The Tug Hill region itself is at the extreme western edge of the Northern Forest Lands area that extends from Maine through New Hampshire and Vermont, ending in New York (Northern Forest Lands Council). The Northern Forest Lands area has been recognized by the states, as well as at the federal level, as an area of extensive forest lands that should be conserved.
This RMP covers properties originally owned by the former Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper and subsequent owners, as well as the East Osceola State Forest and the following Detached Forest Preserve (DFP) parcels:
DFP Lewis-4: Keese Brook, Boylston Tract Township 13, Lot 69;
DFP Lewis-5: Isolated, Boylston Tract Township 13, Lot 74;
DFP Lewis-6: N.E.Corner, Boylston Tract Township 13, Lot 98;
DFP Lewis-7: Salmon River, Boylston Tract Township 13, Lot 127;
DFP Lewis-8: Driscoll Road, Boylston Tract Township 13, Lot 134;
DFP Lewis-13: Kotary Road, Constable's Five Towns Township 1, Lot 20; and
DFP Lewis-15: Route 46, Constable's Five Towns Township 1, Lots 57 & 44.
The lands covered by this RMP are owned and managed by three different entities (acres given throughout this RMP are approximate and are for planning purposes only); 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 the aforementioned DFP Parcels, 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). Across the three different ownerships, 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 easements provide connections between East Osceola State Forest, Lesser Wilderness State Forest, the Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area, Whetstone Gulf State Park, and several Detached Forest Preserve Parcels. Public access corridors (roads and trails) have been established across existing woods roads and trails on the easement lands with the right to construct others to reach State lands at various locations.
2013 Recreation Management Plan (RMP)
Full Plan (PDF) (5.6 MB)
Location Map (PDF) (301 KB)
Potential Corridor Access Rights Map (PDF) (515 KB)
Planned Recreational Opportunities Access Map - North (PDF) (710 KB)
Planned Recreational Opportunities Access Map - South (PDF) (378 KB)