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Buckton State Forest

Buckton State Forest

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Buckton State Forest covers 1,092 acres located in the town of Stockholm in northeastern St. Lawrence County.

Open for recreation: Property is open year-round.
Fee: Free
Contact Information: State Forest Office in Potsdam (M-F 8 AM - 4:30 PM): (315) 265-3090 email Region 6 mailbox
Backcountry Emergency (Search, Rescue & Forest Fire): (518) 891-0235 or dial 911
State Land Law Enforcement: (518) 897-1300
Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Law Enforcement: (315) 785-2231
Location: Town of Stockholm in northern St. Lawrence County.
Wildlife Management Unit:


The topography 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.

Featured Activities


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. This property also provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. There are 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 and Trapping

General information on Hunting, General information on Trapping, General information on Fishing. All 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. Fishing is permitted in the nearby St. Regis River.

Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations. See the February 2005 article in Conservationist Magazine for more information on geo-caching.

A picture of an open wetland and beaver pond in Buckton State Forest


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.

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 State Forest must follow all State Forest Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.
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 State Forests 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.