Buckton State Forest
Buckton State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round.
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 6 Office in Potsdam (M-F 8 AM - 4:30 PM): (315) 265-3090 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Town of Stockholm, northern St. Lawrence County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6C
- Map: View Buckton State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (200 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The topography of this 1,092-acre state forest is very flat with extensive wetlands spread throughout the area. The wettest areas are dominated by open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas. Drier upland sites support northern hardwood and white pine forests. Much of the area is former agricultural land which has reverted to forest. Open fields were planted with a variety of species including red, Scotch, and eastern white pines. Less common species that were used include white cedar and an experimental planting of western white pine (Pinus monticola). A total of over 182,000 trees were planted on 237 acres of this state forest between 1953 and 1966. This forest consists of 7 separate parcels which were purchased between 1950 and 1964 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.
General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips & links to rules and regulations. There is a section of the New York State Snowmobile Trail System that crosses this state forest. The trail is classified as a corridor trail 7E. This trail also crosses various parcels of private land so please be respectful of private landowners and stay on the trail.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. There are no designated camp sites on this property. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.
General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. One can canoe in nearby St. Regis River.
Hunting & Trapping
General information on hunting, General information on trapping; includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. Are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails.
Hunting and trapping are allowed in accordance with State laws and regulations. Follow all hunting safety guidelines, be prepared before going into the woods.
General information on fishing includes fishing tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations.
Fishing is allowed in streams on the property and in the nearby St. Regis River.
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
All trails on Buckton State Forest are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. No trails are groomed for specifically for cross-country skiing. The trail is shared with snowmobiles and other users.
General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips with links to rules & regulations. Mountain Biking is allowed on the trails in Buckton State Forest.
The wildlife that may be present in the Buckton State Forest includes deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, mink, raccoon, black bear, fox, and migratory songbirds. Smooth green snake, eastern garter snake, wood turtle and painted turtle may also be present.
This forest can be accessed from the Buckton, Reed and East Part Roads, as well as St. Lawrence County Routes 47 and 49 in the town of Stockholm.
Buckton Haul Road & Buckton Town Road Intersection (44.743388°N, 74.778301°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
East Part Road Access (44.755688°N, 74.800163°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
St. Lawrence County Road 47 Access (44.748226°N, 74.828301°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
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 with other users.
Don't Move Firewood. The insects it carries could kill the forests you love.
How we manage Buckton State Forest
DEC has developed a draft St. Lawrence Flatlands Unit Management Plan which describes the management activities for these lands. Buckton is one of 10 State Forests and 6 detached forest preserve parcels combined into the area called the St. Lawrence Flatlands Management Unit. In addition to forestry 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 Region 6 UMP mail box.
Nearby Areas and Attractions
- Walter F. Pratt Memorial Forest
- Coles Creek State Park (leaves DEC website)
- Robert Moses State Park (leaves DEC website)
- St. Lawrence- FDR Project Visitors Center (leaves DEC website)
St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce (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.