Goulds Corners 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: Jefferson County; towns of Rodman and Lorraine
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6K
- Map: View Gould Corners State Forest Map || Goulds Corners Map PDF (321KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The Gould Corners State Forest includes two reforestation areas covering a total of 2,045 acres. It is named for the nearby intersection of Spring Street, Middle Road, Jerusalem Road and Washington Park Road (Co. Rt. 97). Over thousands of years the waters of South Sandy Creek have carved the canyon-like Lorraine Gulf into the shale bedrock. Today, this gulf offers spectacular scenic vistas along the southern boundary of this state forest.
Hunting & Trapping
Visitors will encounter a large variety of animal and tree species. White-tailed deer, beaver, waterfowl, and small fur bearing animals are common.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
Lomber Route, between Jerusalem Road and Dobbins Road (1.0 mile) is a designated motorized access route for people with qualifying disabilities for hunting and wildlife viewing. A permit from Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) can be obtained from the nearest DEC office.
From Watertown, take Interstate 81 south to exit #41, Adams. Make a left onto Route 178 east. Go to Route 11, turn right at the stop light, then on the south side of Adams turn left on County Route 189 going toward Lorraine. Take the next left on Washington Park Road. Go 2.5 miles to Gould Corners and the state forests are on either side of the road.
Spring Street, Dobbins Road and Jerusalem roads are not plowed across state forest. There is 4-5 car parking at the end of Spring Street. (N43.80382, W75.97882) All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
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.
How We Manage Goulds Corners State Forest
Tree species include plantation conifers such as red pine, white pine and scotch pine, along with natural stands of hemlock, hard maple, soft maple, white ash, and black cherry. Wood products harvested from this forest consist of pine pulp, poles, saw timber, high quality hardwood veneer, firewood and fuel chips. The Rodman - Barnes Corners deer yards and Jefferson County's Washington Park's recreational trail system also border this state forest.
Goulds Corners is part of Tug Hill North Unit Management Area. Tug Hill North Unit Management Area is comprised of 8 state forests and one wildlife management area. The unit is a patchwork of state owned parcels located west of Lowville, South of Copenhagen and east of Adams and located in the Lewis County towns of Harrisburg, Martinsburg, Montague and Pinckney and the Jefferson County towns of Lorraine, Rodman, Rutland and Worth.
The draft plan is linked below and also available on CD or for review in our Watertown or Lowville offices. Any individual or organization interested in providing comments on the management plan can contact Andrea Mercurio at NYSDEC 7327 State Hwy 812, Lowville, New York 13367 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Draft Tug Hill North Unit Management Plan (PDF, 1.74 MB)
Figure 2 - Soils Maps (PDF, 3.45 MB)
Figure 3 - Water Resources Maps (PDF, 1.28 MB)
Figure 5 - Facilities and Recreation Maps (PDF, 3.58 MB)
Figure 6 - Forest Stand Maps (PDF, 3.65 MB)
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Jefferson County (Leaves DEC webpage)