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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.

Public Comment Opportunity

DEC is developing a revised UMP for the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest and will accept public input. The first step is a scoping session where the public can give input on these Forest Preserve lands on March 21, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at:

SUNY ESF Ranger School - Auditorium
257 Ranger School Road
Wanakena, NY 13695

In addition, public comments can be submitted until May 4, 2018 by mail or email to:

Aaron Graves, Forest Preserve Forester
NYS DEC
6739 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY, 13676
Email: R6.UMP@dec.ny.gov.

Original 1984 UMP

The Department originally adopted a Unit Management Plan (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. If you have questions about the current UMP or the UMP process, please contact us at: r6.ump@dec.ny.gov.

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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