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Orebed Creek State Forest

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Orebed Creek State Forest covers 791 acres and was established or the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.

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

There is a short (0.43-mile) hiking trail located at the end of the Ritz Road. The property also provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking and nature viewing.


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.



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

Orebed Creek runs through the middle of the property, running north to south, and provides opportunities for fishing. Access may be difficult due to the limited infrastructure currently in place.

North Central NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting & Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 6F

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


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

Orebed Creek
Orebed Creek


This forest can be accessed from the Ritz Road in the town of Russell.

  • Ritz Road parking area (44.311402°N, 75.074692°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) 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 Orebed Creek 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.

Specific Rules

Mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are allowed on the property; however, there are no trails on this property currently maintained for these activities.

How We Manage Orebed Creek State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us.

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 Orebed Creek State Forest in 1937:

  • Planted over 546,000 trees on 495 acres, with the major species being eastern white pine, red pine, and white spruce. Other less common species planted include Scotch pine, balsam fir, white cedar, and an experimental planting of western white pine (Pinus monticola).
  • Cleared and maintained 2.5 miles of fireline.

The current users of our public lands should thank the former CCC crew workers for the impressive forests they see today.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities

  • Gas, lodging, dining opportunities, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Canton, Colton, Edwards, Gouverneur, Hermon and Russell.

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

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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