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Cranberry Lake Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Cranberry Lake Wild Forest is located in St. Lawrence County in the Towns of Fine, Clifton, and Colton, lying immediately north of the Five Ponds Wilderness Area and bordering Cranberry Lake on the west, north and east in three separate parcels.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest recreation page.

Status of the UMP

The Department is in the early stages of developing a revised Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest. A public meeting to solicit feedback was held in March 2018 at the SUNY ESF Ranger School in Wanakena. If you have questions about the planning process, please contact us at R6.UMP@dec.ny.gov.

Original 1984 UMP

The Department originally adopted a UMP for the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest in 1984. This document continues to guide management of the unit until the Department adopts a revision to the UMP.

Cranberry Lake Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - PDF (3.4 MB)

2014 Amendment - Cranberry Lake 50 Trail Re-route

This amendment proposed re-routes to the Cranberry Lake 50 trail that enables hikers and skiers to avoid 4.14 miles of hiking along NYS Route 3.

2014 Amendment to the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest UMP - PDF (1.92 MB)

1993 Amendment - Bicycle Trail Designation

This amendment proposed the designation of bicycle trails in multiple units, including the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest.

1993 Amendment to the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest UMP - PDF (1.3 MB)


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