East Osceola State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 6 Lowville Office (M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm) (315) 376-3521, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Town of Osceola, Lewis County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6K, 6N
- Map: View East Osceola State Forest Map || Same map in PDF (447 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 1,975-acre state forest is managed for the purpose of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation and watershed protection. Early settlers to the area named the bustling crossroads community after the famous Seminole Chieftain Osceola, which in turn, is how the property received its name. There are also three detached forest preserve parcels adjacent to the property that allow public usage but have limited access.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
There are 2.18 miles of trails and unpaved roadways providing access to explore the forest in an undeveloped natural setting.
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.
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.
Trout fishing opportunities on this state forest are outstanding, with the Salmon River, Malloy Brook and Smith Brook often providing anglers with a memorable recreational experience.
A pamphlet is available with maps of state lands and public fishing rights that depicts the Public Access for Fishing the Salmon River (PDF 301 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
General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
Snowmobiling is allowed on all the trails within the property. Driscoll Trail (.35 mile) joins with the NYS Snowmobile network of trails once off the property and is groomed and maintained by the Southern Tug Hill Sno-Riders (leaves DEC website) through a volunteer stewardship agreement.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
The 1-mile Malloy Brook route in the western portion of the forest and the .79-mile Camp 2 Road in the northeastern portion of the forest are accessible for people with mobility impairments.
Full listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations
From Osceola, take County Route 46, proceed north 2 miles.
- Salmon River parking area off Rte. 46 (43.4974213°N, 75.7099838°W) Google Map (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.
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 East Osceola State Forest
DEC manages public recreation on these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the East Branch of Fish Creek Recreation Management Plan (RMP).
If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us email@example.com.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
DEC Lands & Facilities
- West Osceola State Forest
- Tri-County State Forest
- East Branch of Fish Creek Conservation Easement
- Big Brook State Forest
- Swancott Hill State Forest
- Swancott Mill State Forest
- Fall Brook State Forest
- Raywood Unique Area
Information regarding where to find amenities:
- Gas, dining, lodging, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Altmar, Williamstown, Boonville, Constableville, Camden and Rome.
Osceola Tug Hill XC Ski Center (leaves DEC website) is located north of the property on Osceola Road, just south of Kumrow Road., and provides rentals opportunities and miles of maintained ski routes.
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.