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Frozen Ocean State Forest

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Frozen Ocean State Forest encompasses 753 acres of land. There are no trails on this state forest, but hiking is allowed anywhere on the property not posted otherwise.

Recreational opportunities on Frozen Ocean include hunting, fishing, trapping, and primitive camping. Situated on one of the highest points in the county, Frozen Ocean is well-known for brisk, freezing winter winds.

Featured Activities

Frozen Ocean State Forest in the winter


primtive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to, safety tips, and links to rules and regulations.

Primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of 10 or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.



General information on fishing includes how-to, safety tips, and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Fishing access information for the area is available. Fishing easement information for the area is available.

Hunting & Trapping


General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing


General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to, safety tips, and links to rules and regulations.

There are no groomed trails, but cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are allowed anywhere on the property unless posted otherwise.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.


Frozen Ocean State Forest may be accessed by taking NY Route 38A to Twelve Corners Road and then turning left onto Grange Hall Road. Travel for about 0.3 miles and then turn left onto Corrigan Road. Travel about 0.8 miles on Corrigan Road to the beginning of the Forest. There is also access to the Forest by continuing on Grange Hall Road and turning left onto Quarry Road.

Quarry Road (42.7910362°N, 76.4321148°W) Google Maps (link leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (link leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Frozen Ocean State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Planning and Management

Frozen Ocean State Forest is part of the Hewitt-Cayuga Highlands Unit Management Plan. A unit management plan (UMP) guides the DEC's land management activities on several geographically related forests for a 10-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. Each UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use and forest management.

The majority of the land in Frozen Ocean State Forest was acquired by the State in purchases made during the 1930s, and also as recently as the 1990s. The forest's name is said to have originated from the fact that during the winter season, extremely cold winds sweep across the land turning the woods into endless stretches of frozen forest, the way that the ocean stretches endlessly across the horizon seemingly frozen in time.

The forest's protective cover types include northern hardwood, hemlock, European and Japanese larch, Norway spruce, red pine and white spruce and provide a wide range of diverse habitats suitable for many species of wildlife. The forest's primitive nature provides excellent hunting and trapping opportunities, as well as true primitive camping experiences.

Two ponds glisten in the woods and attract much of the local wildlife, as well as offer opportunity for fishing. There are usually plenty of beautiful plants and wildflowers surrounding the ponds to please any nature observer's eye.

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Auburn.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and online booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search online for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.