Otter Creek State Forest
State Reforestation Area Lewis #34
This 1206 acre state forest is named for the trout stream that meanders for a distance of nearly 3 miles from east to west through the middle of the tract. The gorge cut by this waterway offers the visitor many breathtaking views from various vistas along its rim. The soil here is relatively deep, sandy, and well-drained and supports a vigorous and diverse natural hardwood and hemlock forest. This timberland is periodically improved by carefully controlled harvesting operations conducted by the highest bidding private contractors, under the supervision of DEC's forestry staff.
Recreational pursuits include swimming and fishing in Otter Creek, white-tailed deer and small game hunting, woodland hiking and biking, and horseback riding on the 7 miles of designated horse trails on the forest. (The special regulations about camping on Otter Creek State Forest do not apply to the Otter Creek Horse Trail assembly area, which is located on Independence River State Forest.) Proof of current negative Coggins certificate is required for all horses and out-of-state horse owners are required to produce a 30-day health certificate.
Primary vehicular access to the interior of the property is provided by the Otter Creek Public Forest Access Road(1.5 miles), Mikes Road(1.1 miles), Campsite #1 Road(0.6 mile), and the Oxbow Road(0.5 mile).
From Lowville, take Number Four Road 3.5 miles to Pine Grove Road. Follow Pine Grove Road 6 miles to Eatonville Road, turn left, proceed 1.2 miles.