Trout Brook State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 7 Cortland Office: (607) 753-3095 M-F 8 am- 4 pm, email email@example.com
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Boylston, Oswego County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6K
- Map: View Trout Brook State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (330 Kb) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Trout Brook State Forest encompasses 622 acres. It is secluded and scenic and is a great place for recreational activities such as hunting, trapping and fishing. There are no trails on this state forest. Trout Brook, after which the forest is named, makes its way along the western edge of the property.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
At-large 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.
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.
Hunting & Trapping
General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations.
An abundance of deer, mink, weasel, fox, raccoon, beaver and rabbit provide excellent hunting and trapping opportunities.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
Many opportunities for visitors to view wildlife exist within the rural setting of the woods. Birds such as wild turkey, bald eagles, and ruffed grouse, as well as a wide variety of song birds and raptors can be heard and seen within the boundaries of the forest.
This area allows many different reptiles and amphibians to thrive, including the blue-spotted salamander, slimy salamander, spring peeper, wood frog, wood turtle, common snapping turtle, eastern hognose snake, five-lined skink and northern water snake.
From NY I-81, take Exit 36 and follow NY Route 11 North until Miller Road. Take a right. Follow Miller Road until County Route 48 and turn right. From County Route 48 make a left onto Edwards Road, and then a right onto Lacona Orwell Road (County Route 22). From Route 22 make a left onto Bremm Road and follow it until the intersection with Van Auken Road. There is parking access on the side of the road.
(43.615606°N, 75.997079°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Practice Leave No Trace (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.
How We Manage Trout Brook State Forest
Trout Brook State Forest is part of the Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan. The plan is currently being written by DEC staff. A Unit Management Plan (UMP) guides the DEC's land management activities on several geographically related forests for a ten-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. If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Trout Brook State Forest is a blend of mature natural hardwood and northern hardwood-hemlock cover. Species such as red maple, black cherry, white ash, sugar maple, American beech, yellow birch, red oak and hemlock provide a wide variety of habitats for many different species of plants and animals. The conifer plantations planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s , 1940s and 1950s add to the richness of the forest and are important sources of both food and shelter.
The land that is now known as Trout Brook State Forest originally was used by the Iroquois for hunting and fishing. However, as is the case with many of the lands that have since become managed by the state, the land was later cleared for farm land and timber by Revolutionary War Veterans and early settlers. Unfortunately, the upland soils of the Tug Hill Plateau are characteristically rocky, highly acidic, and not highly fertile. Combined with intense winters common to the region, the fact that many farmers abandoned their properties in pursuit better lands in the mid-West is understandable.
The State Reforestation Law of 1929 and the Hewitt Amendment of 1931 provided legislation which authorized the Department of Conservation to acquire land, by gift or purchase, for reforestation areas. These State Forests, consisting of no less than 500 acres of contiguous land, were to be "forever devoted to reforestation and the establishment and maintenance thereon of forests for watershed protection, the production of timber and other forest products, and kindred purposes" (Article 9, Title 5, Environmental Conservation Law).
Trout Brook State Forest was purchased by New York State during the 1930s for reforestation purposes under this program. During this period, lands that had once been almost completely cleared for agricultural practices were restored to forests. This practice reduced the problem of soil erosion, protected water quality, and provided forest products and recreational opportunities. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) planted thousands of conifer seedlings on the newly acquired lands. Red pine, white pine, white spruce, Norway spruce, and European and Japanese larch decorate the landscape and give witness to the tremendous planting efforts made not so long ago.
Today, the landscape in Trout Brook State Forest is almost completely wooded, and the forest provides diverse ecological, economic, and recreational services for hundreds of people each year.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Oswego County Tourism Office (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Pulaski.
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.