Lonesome Bay State Forest
Lonesome Bay State Forest covers 1,122 acres in the town of Hammond in northwestern St. Lawrence County.
There are currently no developed trails on this state forest. The property provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.
Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property. Back country camping is allowed. Camping for more than 3 nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, road or trail.
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. See the February 2005 article in Conservationist Magazine for more information on geo-caching.
The topography and vegetation found on this forest are quite variable. Upland areas with deeper soils support forests containing basswood, sugar maple, and black cherry. Drier rocky sites are dominated by drought tolerant species such as northern red oak, bitternut hickory, and eastern hophornbeam. Lowland areas are covered by a patchwork of swamp hardwood forests containing red maple, green ash, American elm, and slippery elm. The wettest areas support communities of wetland shrubs and grasses.
There are several unusual plant communities which occur across this area, including over 150 acres of silver maple dominated swamp hardwoods. Upland areas also include locally abundant populations of butternut and cork elm.
This forest can be accessed from the Alamogin and Woodley Way Roads in the town of Hammond.
Important Phone Numbers
Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm) (315) 265-3090
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850
Tips for Using State Forests
Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules the which protect both them and the forest environment.
This forest consists of 2 separate parcels which were purchased in 1962 and 1994 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.