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Nanticoke Lake Multiple Use Area

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Recreational Activities

  • Primitive Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hunting, Wildlife Management Unit 7R
  • Nature Photograph/Observation
  • Trapping

Background Information

Nanticoke Lake MUA locator map

The Nanticoke Lake Multiple Use Area covers 338 acres, and is located in the Town of Lisle in Broome County. The 46-acre lake is a man-made impoundment. The lake receives annual springtime stocking of trout and is a great place to see herons, ducks and geese. It is a favorite stopover for migrating loons in spring .A tributary of Nanticoke Creek passed through the property. There are no trails on this forest.

After the State acquired the land, a dam was constructed. The lake was created for flood control purposes and non-motorized recreation. The forest surrounding Nanticoke Lake contains a wide array of different cover types. The types include Northern hardwood, Northern hardwood-hemlock, Northern hardwood-white pine and oak. The elevation of the area ranges from 1400 to 1500 feet above sea level.

daisies in bloom

The woods, brush and fields surrounding the lake provide a wide variety of wildlife habitat. These areas have received various management treatments including: firewood harvests, wildlife shrub planting, and shade release for apple trees and blueberry bushes. No formal trails exist through the forested areas, but access is good due to extensive firewood trails. These trails were created by firewood cutters who purchase wood from the State. DEC foresters mark the trees to be sold for thinning purposes to promote future timber growth.

In the near future, the Nanticoke Lake Multiple Use Area will be managed under a written Unit Management Plan. The plan will schedule forest products sales for some stands, while protecting other areas which have special scenic, riparian or wildlife values.

Nanticoke Lake Multiple Use Area is part of the Long Pond Unit Management Plan. A Unit Management Plan (UMP) guides the DEC's land management activities on several geographically related forests for a ten-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. Each UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use and forest management. A copy of the UMP is available at the Lands and Forests Office in Sherburne.

State Forest Regulations

Anyone enjoying the use of this Multiple Use Area must observe the following rules which protect them and the forest environment:

  1. Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
  2. If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended.
  3. All motorized vehicles are restricted to access roads posted as motor vehicle trails. Off road use of motorized vehicles, such as ATVs, trail bikes and four-wheel drives is not allowed, except where specifically permitted by signs, posted notice or by DEC permit.
  4. Camping is not permitted in this multiple use area..
  5. No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.
  6. No camping and no swimming area allowed at this site.
  7. Only electricity propelled motor vehicles are allowed on the lake.


Access to the area is gained by traveling west from the village of Lisle on Rte. 79 to Center Lisle. Turn left onto Caldwell Hill Road, then right onto Squedunk Road. The parking area is on the right. The lake is a quarter-mile walk north from the parking area.

Important Numbers

State Forest Office (M-F 8am-4pm): 607-674-4017

Forest Ranger (Evenings, Weekends and Holidays): 607- 798-1797

DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850

Emergencies: 911