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Sand Bay State Forest

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This 326-acre state forest was acquired by the state from the US Army in 1964. It is named for the sandy shoreline of Lake Bonaparte that makes up part of the southern boundary of the forest. Underlying much of the property is granite bedrock, which in places surfaces as bare rock outcrops, and in other places is covered with relatively deep, rich soil. The terrain varies from steep rocky ridges to a 90 acre ecologically rich wetland. Timber management is very limited by the difficult terrain and has been confined to stands near the North Shore Road.

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General information on boating includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations and lists of DEC boat launches by county.

A shallow draft boat launch and parking lot is available to fishermen wishing to try their luck on Lake Bonaparte.



General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.



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

Other recreational pursuits include white-tailed deer and small game hunting and woodland hiking and exploration.


primitive camping

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

The camping opportunities at Sand Bay State Forest include six primitive campsites located on Lake Bonaparte. Campsites are delineated and include tables and fire rings. Two privies are provided. There is no potable water source. No trash pickup is provided. This is a carry in-carry out facility. Camping is prohibited from 11:00 a.m. Tuesday until 11:00 a.m. Thursday. There are site-specific rules for camping on this property (leaves DEC's website).


Map of Sand Bay State Forest

From Harrisville, take Washington Street to North Bonaparte Road, and proceed 4 miles.

Boat Launch (44.160593,-75.390421) 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.

All users of Sand Bay State Forest 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.

This property has site-specific rules (leaves DEC website).

How We Manage Sand Bay State Forest

Sand Bay State Forest is part of Westward Waters Unit Management Area. The Westward Waters planning unit consists of seventeen state forests located in thirteen units on eastern edge of Lewis County. The state forest land totals of 38,637 acres in the towns of Croghan, Diana, Greig, Lyonsdale, New Breman, and Watson. These areas are not in the Adirondack Park, although some of the State Forests border the Adirondack Park.

Any person or group who would like to provide input or comments on the draft management plan, please email us at

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