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Cameron State Forest

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Location map of Cameron State Forest in Steuben County.

The 1,990-acre Cameron State Forest includes Cameron Pond, two smaller ponds, a gas pipeline down the middle and a native grassland field near the southern end. Today, Cameron and all state forests in New York are managed for multiple benefits to serve the needs of the people of New York. Sustainable management practices will ensure a perpetual supply of timber, a diversity of wildlife habitats, compatible recreational opportunities and clean water.

Featured Activities

Hunting & Trapping

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trapping

Wildlife Management Unit: 8T

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

Paddling

paddling

General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Fishing

fishing

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

View of Cameron Pond, with willow trees in foreground.
Cameron Pond

Cameron Pond is near the center of the forest and provides day use and fishing opportunities during both winter and summer seasons.

Hiking

hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Cameron State Forest does not have any designated hiking trails, however there are numerous animal trails, old roads and pipelines to explore. None of these are currently marked and few are mapped.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross country skiing
snowshoeing

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

Cameron State Forest does not include any designated skiing or snowshoe trails, however there are numerous animal trails, old roads and pipelines to explore. None of these are currently marked and few are mapped.

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and 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 ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Wildlife

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

New York's Southern Tier encompasses a wide variety of habitats and landscapes made up of mountainous hills, forests, grasslands and wetlands. Everything from black bear to black-throated blue warblers and brook trout to wild turkey call the Southern Tier home. The grasslands are home to a variety of bird species including northern harrier and state endangered Henslow's sparrow. White-tailed deer and fisher thrive in the forested hills, while beaver and mink flourish in the wetlands. Visitors from across New York State flock to this area year round for its exquisite wildlife watching and unbeatable hunting.

Accessible Features

accessible recreation

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

Individuals with qualifying disabilities may apply for a permit to operate a motor vehicle on trails designated by DEC. This program is known as the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD). Access to Cameron Pond, two beaver ponds, and to a field and views of the Canisteo River Valley are all designated MAPPWD on Cameron State Forest.

Directions

To gain access to this state forest, from Bath, take County Route #10 heading south. To gain access to this forest from Addison, travel west on County Route 119, make a right turn (north) onto County Route #10. The state forest can be accessed by turning to the west on either Stone House Road or West Cameron Road. Cameron Pond is located off of West Cameron Road, with room for about 6 cars.

  • West Cameron Road Parking: (42.242250°N, 77.403538°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) 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 Cameron State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Planning and Management

DEC has developed a Draft Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan (UMP) which describes the proposed management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at r8.ump@dec.ny.gov

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Land and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Cameron Mills, Bath or Addison.
  • Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Bath or Addison
  • Lodging may be found in the nearby community of Bath.

Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau (leaves DEC website) and Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

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 on-line 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 the internet 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.