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This 1,116-acre state forest bears the name of the trout stream that flows through the property. The majority of the landscape is covered with a relatively mature mixture of hard maple, red maple, black cherry and white ash. The state forest was created for the purpose of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation and watershed protection.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

There is one trail (.11 mile) on the property that provides access to Stony Brook. The rest of the property can be explored via the unpaved roadways that traverse the property and provide an undeveloped setting to explore the forest.

Camping

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

At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Fishing

fishing

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

Line Brook runs the full length of the property, from north to south, and provides excellent trout fishing. There are several tributaries of Mill Stream that offer fishing opportunities for brook trout. Stony Brook runs through the eastern portion of the property and offers brook trout fishing. Also, located just north of the property, Mill Stream Fishing Access provides additional fishing opportunities.

Pamphlets are available with maps of state lands and public fishing rights that depicts the Public Access for Fishing the Boiling Spring Brook and Mill Stream (PDF 475 KB) and Public Access for Fishing the Prince Brook and Stony Brook (PDF 292 KB).

North Central NY Fishing and Central NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting & Trapping

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

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

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

There are no trails on the property; however, a route from the NYS Snowmobile network runs along the boundary line formed by the unpaved Jackson Road (A/K/A Millstream Road) and is maintained and groomed by the Osceola Snowmobile Association. (leaves DEC website) through a volunteer stewardship agreement.

Wildlife

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

Directions

From Boonville, take Route 294 west 6.6 miles to West Leyden. Turn left on State Route 26 then a quick right on Route 46. Go 16 miles to Osceola, turn right on North Osceola Road, proceed 8 miles.

Map of Line Brook State Forest
  • Jackson Road (A/K/A Millstream Rd) parking area (43.581980°N, 75.756205°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Mill Stream Fishing Access (43.587539°N, 75.765184°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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

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 the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Line Brook 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.

Specific Rules

Mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding are all permitted on the property, however, there are no currently maintained trails for these activities.

How We Manage Line Brook State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

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

DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities

  • Gas, dining, lodging, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Constableville, Camden, Orwell, Redfield and Altmar.

Lewis County Tourism website (leaves DEC website) and Visit Oswego County website (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.