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Taylor Creek State Forest

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Taylor Creek State Forest

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Taylor Creek State Forest is composed of 1,860 acres located in the town of Pierrepont in central St. Lawrence County.

Recreation

There are currently no developed trails on this state forest.

Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property. Back Country Camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights 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.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is available on Eels Pond, which is a short walk south from Eels Road.

Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.

This property provides large undeveloped areas suited for hunting, hiking and nature viewing.

Field Notes

Topography varies with upland areas supporting a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas.

Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the Buck Pond, Davis, Eels, and Selleck Roads, and the "T" Public Forest Access Road in the town of Pierrepont.

Important Phone Numbers

Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm) (315) 265-3090

DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850

Emergencies: 911

Tips for Using State Forests

Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both the visitors and the forest environment.

History

CCC Crew digging a Waterhole along the Selleck Road c.1936
CCC Crew digging a Waterhole along the Selleck Road c.1936

This forest consists of 13 separate parcels which were purchased between 1932 and 1963 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.

Many of the properties purchased by the state in the 1930s and early 1940s were exhausted farmland with little tree cover. The first priorities after the establishment of a state forest were to reforest the land, prevent soil erosion, and minimize the threat of wildfires.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) played an active role in the early protection and development of this forest. Crews from Camp S-134 in Pierrepont accomplished the following tasks on Taylor Creek State Forest between 1935 and 1941:

- Planted over 1,031,000 trees on 747 acres, with the major species being white pine, red pine, and white spruce. Other less common species that were planted include white cedar, Scotch pine, jack pine, several species of larch, white ash, and hemlock.

- Constructed 7 waterholes for fire control. Four of these waterholes still exist in various states of preservation, with a particularly good example located near the Selleck Road. The current users of our public lands should thank the former CCC crew workers for the impressive forests they see today.

Waterhole along Selleck Road 2012
Waterhole along Selleck Road 2012