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Five Streams State Forest

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Recreational Activities

  • Primitive Camping
  • Cross County Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting, Wildlife Management Unit 7M
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Photography/Observation
  • Trapping

Background Information

Five Streams State Forest is comprised of 6,353 acres. The forest is located in the town of German in Chenango County and is named for the streams which drain the area. There is a short multi-purpose trail off of North Pucker Street which leads to a small pond. One can hike, horseback ride or mountain bike to this site. A snowmobile trail that is part of the state-wide network of trails crosses the forest between Pucker Street and Skillman-Hoffman Road in the southern section of the forest. There is also a snowmobile trail on the northern part of the forest, which uses some of the unplowed town roads as part of its course.

Field Notes

Five Streams State Forest is comprised of a mix of native hardwoods and softwoods as well as conifer plantations. Conifer plantations comprise about 40% of the area and about 70% of these were planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's. These plantations consist primarily of red pine, Norway spruce and white spruce with many plantations containing mixed species. The native forests are of the northern hardwood forest type. The most common tree species on the forests include: eastern hemlock, red maple, hard maple, black cherry, aspen (quaking and big-tooth), white ash, and American beech. Native species that are less common include: basswood, yellow birch, balsam fir, white pine, red oak, red spruce, white cedar, black spruce and tamarack.

The forest contains many large blocks of uninterrupted woodlands, making it an excellent place to explore.Like all State Forests, Five Streams is actively managed for timber production, and as a result, you may come upon logging operations. Forest management is generally aimed at maintaining the natural character of the native hardwood stands, retaining and regenerating some of the spruce plantations, and converting the pine plantations to hardwoods.

Five Streams State Forest is part of the Five Streams 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.

State Forest Regulations

State Land Use Regulations (link leaves DEC website)

Lake at Five Streams State Forest

Anyone enjoying the use of this State Forest 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 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.
  5. No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.


Travel west on County route 5 from the hamlet of McDonough. Access to Five Streams State Forest is primarily on seasonal town roads. Visitors should be aware that some of these seasonal roads, including portions of Shingle Street and Birdlebough Road, are in very rough condition. Four wheel drive is recommended, and cars having low ground clearance should not attempt to travel on these road.

Important Numbers

State Forest Office (M-F 8am-4pm): 607-674-4036

Forest Ranger (Law Enforcement/Emergencies): 607-648-6247

DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850

Emergencies: 911

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