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Allen Lake State Forest

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Allen Lake State Forest (Allegany Reforestation Area #23) is located in the Towns of Allen and Caneadea in Allegany County. Allen Lake State Forest covers a total of 2,421 acres.

The forest cover types on Allen Lake State Forest are a mixture of native hardwood species and planted conifers


The lake that gave the forest its name is a 58-acre manmade lake, built in 1958 as part of a planned private development. The lake and approximately 700 upland acres were purchased by the State in 1963 and added to the existing State Forest.

Timber Management

The hardwood stands are managed through a series of thinnings which remove the lower quality trees and give more growing space to the best quality trees. The hardwood tops are generally left in place to rot and recycle their nutrients back into the soil. The decaying tops also provide bedding and nesting cover for wildlife such as white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.

Periodic thinnings in the red pine plantations have allowed the native hardwoods to seed into the sunlit openings. Many of the pine stands have reached maturity and the remaining overstory is now being removed to allow the hardwoods to grow to maturity. These "early-successional" hardwood stands provide an important habitat component for a variety of songbird species, as well as ruffed grouse and woodcock.


Waterfall in southwestern portion of Allen Lake State Forest
Waterfall in southwestern portion of Allen Lake State Forest

Allen Lake State Forest offers a number of recreational opportunities.


Camping is prohibited in the immediate Allen Lake area bounded by Muckle, Town Line, Seavert and West Hill Roads. Outside of this area, camping is permitted as per State Forest regulations.

There are no formal camp sites on this property, however individuals may set up camp at any location which is at least 150 feet from water bodies, streams, roads or trails. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.


The area is a popular destination for hunting both small and big game. Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails.


The Allen Lake Fishing Access Site is a popular destination for local anglers. The floating pier is accessible to persons with disabilities. The lake is stocked with brook trout and brown trout each spring by DEC's Randolph Fish Hatchery. There is parking available near the fishing access.


Floating pier at Allen Lake State Forest
Floating pier at Allen Lake State Forest

An improved boat launch is provided here that can handle small trailered boats and cartop type boats/canoes. The lake is restricted to electric motors only.


New York State Corridor Snowmobile Trail 2C passes through Allen Lake State Forest. See the link under the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section for more information.


Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.

Access for People with Disabilities

Universal Symbol of Accessibility with fishing gearThe floating pier at Allen Lake is accessible to persons with disabilities for fishing. There is an accessible, concrete approach and a floating T-dock.

Individuals with disabilities can apply for a Motorized Access Permit (MAPPWD) to use a motor vehicle on designated roads. The permit is available from the Accessible Recreation web page by clicking the MAPPWD link in the right column.

Full listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations.

Tips for Using State Forests

Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect visitors and the forest environment.


Allen Lake State Forest is accessible via several town roads. Note: Saunders Road has been blocked by private landowners and is no longer a through road from Belfast to State land.

Important Numbers

State Forest Office (M-F 8-4 p.m.): 585-466-3241
Forest Rangers: 585-403-9574 or 585-415-1521
Emergencies: 911