Lost Nation State Forest
Lost Nation State Forest covers 1,907 acres located in the towns of Stockholm and Norfolk in northeastern St. Lawrence County.
There are currently no developed trails on this state forest. The property does provide large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.
Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property. Back country camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, roads or trail.
Go-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.
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.
As with many state 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 white pines, as well as white spruce.
This forest can be accessed from Brookdale and Mahoney Roads in the town of Stockholm, and Brothers and Van Kennen Roads, and State Highway 420 in the town of Norfolk.
Important Phone Numbers
Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm) (315) 265-3090
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850
Tips for Using State Forests
Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both the visitors and the forest environment.
This forest consists of 20 separate parcels which were purchased between 1933 and 2001 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.
Many of the properties purchased by the state in the 1930s and early 1940s were exhausted farmland with little tree cover. The first priorities after the establishment of a state forest were to reforest the land, prevent soil erosion, and minimize the threat of wildfires.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) played an active role in the early protection and development of this forest. Crews from Camp S-95 in Brasher Falls accomplished the following tasks on Lost Nation State Forest between 1935 and 1941:
- Planted over 694,000 trees on 464 acres, with the major species being white pine, red pine, and white spruce. Other less common species planted include Scotch pine, European larch, white cedar, Norway spruce, hemlock, and willow.
- Cleared and maintained 5 miles of fire line.
- Constructed 8 waterhole for fire control.
The current users of our state properties should thank the former CCC crew workers for the impressive forests they see today.
Later generations of foresters continued the work started during the CCC era by planting an additional 547,000 trees on 444 acres between 1950 and 1972.