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Lincklaen State Forest

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The Lincklaen State Forest consists of 4,655 acres in the northwest corner of Chenango County. There are no formal trails on the forest but hiking is allowed anywhere unless posted otherwise. Dirt town roads provide access through Lincklaen State Forest. During the wet seasons of spring and fall they are often muddy and in the dry periods of the summer they are usually dusty. In the winter, access is restricted unless one chooses to travel by snowmobile or on foot since many of the roads are unplowed.

Featured Activities

Camping

primitive camping

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

At large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Fishing Access information is available. Fishing Easement information is available.

Hunting & Trapping

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trapping

General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Snowmobiling

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General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

Flower at Lincklaen State Forest

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

A sample of the wildlife species one might encounter on the Lincklaen State Forest include deer, turkey, grouse, coyotes, porcupines, red squirrels, mink, great blue herons, goshawks, pileated woodpeckers, and numerous species of song birds. Although forest songbirds can often be heard throughout the day, mornings and evenings are often the best times to see or hear them.

Directions

From County Route 13 in DeRuyter, take County Route 12 south through the hamlet of Lincklean. The first left hand turn is Factory Gulf Road which will take you directly into the forest. Several town roads traverse the forest including: Johnson, Hyer, Upham, Murry, and Freeman. Most are unplowed in the winter.

Factory Gulf Road (42.6810067°N, 75.8496884°W) Google Maps (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.

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

How We Manage Lincklaen State Forest

Lincklaen State Forest is part of the Northern Chenango Highlands 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. If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us info.r7@dec.ny.gov.

The land on which the state forest exists was purchased by the State beginning in the 1930's. At the time of acquisition, the land contained a mix of old agricultural fields and hardwood forests. Spruce and pine trees were planted on the open lands soon after their acquisition. This mixture of conifer plantations and hardwoods are a distinguishing feature of state forests. State forests are managed for wildlife conservation, timber production, watershed protection and outdoor recreation.

New York's state forests provide a sustainable source of high quality wood products. Timber harvesting takes place on a regular basis to thin the trees or to regenerate forest areas. The trees removed from the forest provide an important source of raw materials for local and out-of-state industries which produce lumber, log cabins, utility poles, furniture, paper, and other wood products.

The forest contains a series of parallel ridges interrupted by stream drainages which flow south into the Otselic River. As soon as the winter's snow melts, spring wildflowers begin to push their way up through the leaf litter. By mid May, the spring flowers are in full bloom and the trees have leafed out.
As the cooler temperatures of fall arrive, the leaves begin to change color. Peak fall foliage usually occurs around the second week of October. Vivid colors of the maples, ash and aspen contrast with the dark greens of the conifers.

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Chenango County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Norwich.

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.


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