Marsh Pond State Forest
- Primitive Camping
- Hunting, Wildlife Management Unit 4O
- Nature Photography/Observation
There are no formal trails in this state forest. The area is ideal for passive recreation, such as hunting, bird watching and fishing. Marsh Pond, which supports a large mat of floating sphagnum moss, provides anglers with an excellent opportunity to catch small fish, primarily brown bullhead. There are also two primitive camping sites near the pond from which campers can look out at turtles, warblers, water lilies and blue flag flowers.
Marsh Pond State Forest was acquired in two separate land purchases in 1932 and 1933. While there are 893 beautiful acres of forest land in Marsh Pond ,most people stick to the water's edge. The southeastern section of the forest contains a stream and mixed stands of hardwood and hemlock, but the highlights of the woods at Marsh Pond State Forest are on the western side of Bryce Road. Roadside and at the top of the steep slope are impressive stands of mature white ash and hemlock which will be protected as natural areas. Since there has been no timber harvesting in recent decades, these areas are beginning to acquire many old growth characteristics. Such stands are becoming increasingly rare in the landscape. Although most of the focus is on the water, Marsh Pond State Forest is much more than just a place to go fishing.
The forest contains a wide array of different cover types. The types include Northern Hardwood, Northern Hardwood-Hemlock, and Oak. 109 acres of the forest were logged for timber in 2005. Additional acres will be lumbered in 2014, 2018 and 2020. The elevation of the forest ranges from 1500 to over 1800 feet above sea level.
Marsh Pond State Forest is part of the Broome State Forests 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.
Anyone enjoying the use of this State Forest must observe the following rules which protect them and the forest environment:
- Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
- If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended.
- 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.
- 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.
- No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.
Access to the forest is gained by traveling south on Marsh Road or by traveling north on Bryce Road. These two roads actually go through the forest meeting at the north end of Marsh Pond. There are three parking areas along Marsh Pond Road and two parking areas along Bryce Road.
State Forest Office (M-F 8 am-4 pm): 607-674-4017
Forest Ranger (Evenings, Weekends and Holidays): 607-648-6247
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850