Sand Bay State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 6 Lowville Office: 315-376-3521 email Region 6 mailbox
- Backcountry Emergency (Search, Rescue & Forest Fire): 518-891-0235 (24 hours a day) or dial 911
- State Land Law Enforcement: 518-897-1300
- Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Law Enforcement: 315-785-2231
- Location: Lewis County, Town of Diana
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6H,6C
- Map: Sand Bay State Forest Map || Sand Bay Map PDF ( 163 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
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.
A shallow draft boat launch and parking lot is available to fishermen wishing to try their luck on Lake Bonaparte.
Other recreational pursuits include white-tailed deer and small game hunting and woodland hiking and exploration.
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. (See here for regulations Sec.190.30, link leaves DEC's website)
From Harrisville, take Washington Street to North Bonaparte Road, and proceed 4 miles.