Coyote Flats 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 Theresa and LeRay
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6G
- Map: View Coyote Flats State Forest Map || Coyote Flats Map PDF (242 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
This 553 acre state forest was named Coyote Flats in the 1970's, at a time when the coyote was first making a come back in the north country. It was aptly named since the entire forest is comprised of low, flat, wet bottomland often frequented by prowling coyotes.
Hunting & Trapping
Streams flowing through the area are sporadically dammed by beaver, often inundating large sections of the forest. In addition to coyotes and beaver, other abundant wildlife occurring on the area include white-tailed deer, muskrat, mink, and waterfowl. Also, grouse can often be found in the aspen stands.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
Coyote Trail, off Drake Road (.99 miles) is a designated motorized access route for people with qualifying disabilities for for hunting and wildlife viewing. A permit from Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) can be obtained from the nearest DEC office. (N44.16745, W75.87687)
From Watertown, take US Interstate 81 north to exit 49. Make a right onto Route 411 east. Travel about 1/4 mile and turn right on Snell road. Proceed 2 miles. There is 1-2 car parking area at the intersection of Coyote Trail an Drake Road. All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum. (N44.16745, W75.87687)
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.All users of Coyote Flats State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulation and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.
How We Manage Coyote State Forest
Among the common tree species found here are aspen, white pine, hemlock, and red maple. Because of the wet ground conditions, timber harvesting from this state forest is extremely limited. Foot access to the area is from the west, along the Coyote trail. This trail is limited to motor vehicle access for people with disabilities by permit.
DEC is developing a management plan which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the Ontario Plains 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 Unit Management Plans, or want to be sure you are included in any mailings about public meetings on this state forest, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.