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East Branch Fish Creek North Conservation Easement

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The 14,110-acre East Branch Fish Creek North (EBFCN) is private property with a conservation easement held by the DEC on behalf of the people of New York State. The property consists of about 12,710 acres of former Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper lands and 1,400 acres of former Technopulp lands north of the G&W Road. The conservation easement grants DEC the right to allow public use of the lands for certain recreational purposes. The property is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, Inc.

Signs have been posted to help the public determine what activities are allowed during different times of the year. See specific rules section for restrictions on featured activities. Please respect posted signs. Please contact the Lowville Sub-office, normal office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, with any questions about activities on the property.

Featured Activities

Activities are limited by Site-Specific Rules.

Hiking

hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Hiking is allowed when compartments are open for public recreation, see site specific rules. There are no marked hiking trails, however the easement does contain a number of roads closed to public motorized use, logging trails, and old roads which can be used for hiking.

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There are no official campsites on EBFCN. However, at-large primitive camping is allowed on the easement, unless the area is posted as "Camping Prohibited." Camping must be at least 150 feet from a water body, road, or trail.

Biking

mountain biking

General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips with links to rules & regulations

Biking is allowed on existing roads in all three compartments, when compartments are open for public recreation.

Fishing

fishing

General information on fishing includes fishing tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations

Fishing is permitted on EBFCN following site-specific rules. The easement contains a few trout streams including the headwaters of the East Branch Fish Creek, and other smaller tributary streams.

Hunting

hunting

General Information on hunting includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations

The public is allowed to hunt only on the Headwaters Flow Grounds Compartment of this easement. Deer are the most popular game on the property, but there also small game species that can be found on the property.

Paddling

paddling

General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

The easement features paddling opportunities on the Mad River Swamp, however, only short stretches of uninterrupted paddling exist due to beaver dams, shallow water areas and other obstructions. There are no developed launch sites; access is from the Hydrant Road near the bridge.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross-country skiing
snowshoeing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing is allowed on the easement. There are no designated or marked trails at this time. The property does contain a number of roads closed to public motorized use, logging trails and old roads which can be used for cross-country skiing & snowshoeing. Access to the property is very limited during winter months due to seasonal road closures and snowmobile trails.

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

One Snowmobile Route - C4F - is located along the southern boundary of the property which connects with the area snowmobile trail network.

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Although there are no facilities developed for viewing wildlife, like many areas on the Tug Hill Plateau, there is an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife on these lands. Many birds and mammals call the area home during different times of the year. One of the features which characterize the area is the wetland and stream complexes which provide the opportunity to see amphibians and reptiles. Beavers play an important role in enhancing these areas creating large ponds which provide habitat utilized by birds, ducks, and small mammals. Some of the mammals that maybe seen on the property include white tail deer, fisher, porcupine and fox.

Accessible Features

Acessible features

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

International Road, which runs along the border between EBFC Headwaters Flow Grounds Area and Page Pond Area compartments for 1.58 miles, allows motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities. On either end of International Road there are accessible parking areas.

Directions

There are two main roads that allow access to EBFCN, the G&W Road which is accessed from State Route 26 following Carpenter Hill Road which becomes Tabolt Road and the Maple Ridge Road through the Lesser Wilderness State Forest. Some of these roads are seasonal use roads, and are used as snowmobile trails during the winter.

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

  • International Road Parking Area is located at the intersection of International Road and G&W Road. A kiosk is provided with additional information and educational signs. (43.65392°N, 75.597831°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Maple Ridge Road Parking Area is located at the end of Maple Ridge Road 2.5 miles west of the intersection of Maple Ridge Road and Graves Road. (43.693909°N, 75.570659°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • There are a number of cleared areas along the open roads which can be used for parking. Vehicles should not be parked in a manner that blocks roads or gates.

Rules, Regulations, and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of EBFCN must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Site-Specific Rules for the Easement

EBFC Headwaters Flow Grounds Compartment

  • Fishing, hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, trail biking, and other non-motorized recreation use is allowed.
  • The public is not allowed to trap, use snowmobiles, use ATV's, or use horses and related animals.
  • The public is excluded at all times from specifically posted zones, 5 acres in size, surrounding the leased camps on the property.
  • The public can be excluded from designated zones closed for logging for specific periods of time.

Mad River Headwaters and Page Pond Compartments

  • Public recreational use during the big game (rifle) season is not allowed. (Hunting Regulation)
  • Fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, trail biking, and other non-motorized recreation is allowed when the compartments are open.
  • The public is not allowed to hunt, trap, snowmobile, use ATV's, or use horses and related animals on these lands.
  • The public is excluded at all times from specifically posted zones of up to 5 acres in size, surrounding the leased camps on the property.
  • The public can be excluded from designated zones closed for logging, for specific periods of time

How We Manage East Branch of Fish Creek Conservation Easement

DEC manages public recreation on these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the East Branch of Fish Creek Conservation Easement Recreation Management Plan.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us information.r6@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Nearby DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities

  • Gas, food, other supplies, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Lowville and Turin.

Lewis County Tourism Council (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

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.


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