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Coyote Flats State Forest

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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


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

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.

Accessible Facilities

access for people with disabilities

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

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Jefferson County NY (leaves the DEC website)