Genegantslet State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 7 Sherburne Office: (607)-674-4017 M-F 8 am- 4 pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: McDonough and Smithville, Chenango County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7M
- Map: View Genegantslet State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (395 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Genegantslet State Forest covers a total of 3,181 acres and is named after the creek that runs along the western side of the property. Genegantslet State Forest is a long, narrow property that is rather fragmented with private in-holdings and irregular boundary lines. One of the most popular activities on this forest is trout fishing. In addition to fishing, hunting and snowmobiling are also popular in the forest. There are no formal hiking trails but hiking is allowed anywhere on the property unless posted otherwise.
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.
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.
This accessible fishing platform was washed out by flood but a local group has recently constructed a new platform on the nearby Chittenango Creek in Chittenango. View a location map of the public fishing rights with accessible platform (PDF) (500 KB)
The Genegantslet Creek, after which the forest is named, not only supports trout populations, it is considered to be one of the premiere trout streams in the region. This stream holds native brook trout and is annually stocked with brown trout.
Hunting & Trapping
General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Snowmobiles can travel through the forest on the corridor trail #7. The trail extends from County Route 3, near Loomis Road, up to Art Lake Road and then follows the unplowed sections of Waldon Road and Shore Road.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
From Smithville Flats, take State highway 41 to the intersection of State highway 220. Take 220 north to Art Lake Road. Turn right, cross the Genegantslet Creek, and enter the forest.
There is currently one designated parking area in the forest, on Art Lake Road. This parking area was built for fishing access to the Genegantslet Creek. A second designated parking area will soon be constructed on Creek Road. There are many additional places to park vehicles along the sides of the town roads, as well as on old log decks next to the roads.
The Genegantslet State Forest has many sections of town roads crossing through it, including Art Lake Road, Stone Quarry Road, Whitling Road, Waldon Road, Holtmart Road and Creek Road. Overall, the town roads that are located on the state forest are in good condition; but caution should be used when traveling with passenger cars, as there are some narrow and rough-surfaced sections.
There are very few residences located along these roads, and many of the roads are not plowed in the winter. These narrow, unpaved roads, along with the heavily forested landscape and sparse population, make for a remote experience when visiting this property.
Chestnut Road (42.487021,-75.730944) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Creek Road (42.46532,-75.756698) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Stone Quarry Hill Road (42.423145,-75.76735) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Collyer Road (42.415156,-75.776556) 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.
How We Manage Genegantslet State Forest
Genegantslet State Forest is part of the McDonough 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 email@example.com.
The Genegantslet State Forest has some fairly steep topography. Many sections of the west-facing slopes leading down to the Genegantslet Creek have slopes of between 30 % and 40%. The highest elevation on the forest is approximately 1,740 feet and is located on a peak at the northern extent of the forest. The lowest elevation is about 1,100 feet and is found along the Genegantslet Creek, at its southernmost point on the forest, near Art Lake Road. Loomis Swamp, south of Stone Quarry Road, in combination with a northern hardwood & hemlock stand, forms a 200 acre forest block to be managed as a natural area. Natural areas allow trees to grow to their full biological maturity, providing a unique habitat for plants and animals that require an undisturbed environment.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Chenango County Tourism Webpage (leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Oxford and Greene.
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.