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East Branch of Fish Creek - RMP

Including East Osceola State Forest and 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 (EBFC), 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:

  • East Branch of Fish Creek State Forest (1,406 acres); East Osceola State Forest (1,975 acres); Detached Forest Preserve parcels (1,186 acres) - owned and managed by State of New York. The State also owns and manages public recreation rights on the two EFBC conservation easement tracts below;
  • The East Branch of Fish Creek North tract (14,110 acres) - owned by The Nature Conservancy; and
  • The East Branch of Fish Creek South tract (30,036 acres) - owned by Molpus Woodlands Group.

Interested in visiting the East Branch of Fish Creek Conservation Easement Tract? Please visit the East Branch of Fish Creek recreation page. If you have any questions regarding this RMP, please contact us at r6.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Recreation Management Plan

Individual Maps

2016 Amendment - Recreational Trail Development

This amendment approved the designation and construction of a 20 mile non-motorized recreation trail in accordance with the terms of the conservation easement.

2016 Amendment to the East Branch of Fish Creek RMP - PDF


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