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Raquette Boreal Complex

Raquette River Wild Forest, Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area, Dead Creek Primitive Area, White Hill Wild Forest, Five Mile, Kildare, Preston Lot, Goldmine, Hollywood, Hungry Bay, Peaked Hill, and Stark Conservation Easement Tracts

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The Raquette Boreal Complex includes nearly 25,000 acres of Adirondack Forest Preserve and 44,300 acres of Conservation Easement Lands located in the northern portion of the Adirondack Park. The complex is located north of State Route 3 and east of State Route 56 and is comprised of the following units:

  • Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area (11,936 acres)
  • Dead Creek Primitive Area (1,135 acres)
  • Raquette River Wild Forest (3,057 acres)
  • White Hill Wild Forest (9,931 acres)
  • Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract (18,497 acres) - Owned by Woodwise Land Company, LLC
  • Kildare Conservation Easement Tract (15,617 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
  • Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract (1,246 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
  • Goldmine Conservation Easement Tract (2,215 acres) - Owned by Park Forestry LLC
  • Hollywood Conservation Easement Tract (1,057 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
  • Hungry Bay Conservation Easement Tract (103 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
  • Peaked Hill Conservation Easement Tract (556 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
  • Stark Conservation Easement Tract (32 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group

These lands are defined by the flat to gently sloping terrain and the many waterways that traverse them. Wetlands in the area provide expanses of open space that make a visual contrast to the heavily forested setting. Much of the beautiful scenery of the complex can be seen along the waterways.

The Raquette River from the confluence of Dead Creek to Carry Falls Reservoir (13.8 miles), and the Jordan River from the outlet of Marsh Pond to Carry Falls Reservoir (18 miles) are designated Scenic Rivers under the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act.

Both the Raquette River Wild Forest and the Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area contain low elevation boreal forests, an uncommon forest community characterized by coniferous trees consisting mostly of pines, spruces and larches.

Public access to these lands is primarily from Route 56 and Route 3. The main access to the majority of the complex's Forest Preserve lands and neighboring conservation easement lands is by boat via Carry Falls Reservoir and the boat launches on it shores.

The Dead Creek Primitive Area features a secluded 3-mile paddling route from State Route 3 south to the headwaters of Dead Creek.

The White Hill Wild Forest offers many recreational opportunities, including hiking, hunting, trapping and fishing. Several snowmobile trails also pass through the area and link to a larger network of trails. The publicly owned land also has five beautiful wild and remote ponds - Clear Pond, Rock Pond, Little Rock Pond, Long Pond and Lilypad Pond. These ponds have been described as among the quietest waters in the entire Adirondack Park

Goldmine Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from White Hill Road and public motor vehicles can use the main haul roads. Public access rights also allow for hiking, hunting, and other non-motorized recreational activities.

Hungry Bay Conservation Easement Tract, Stark Conservation Easement Tract, Peaked Hill Conservation Easement Tract and Hollywood Mountain Conservation Easement Tract have public access rights for hiking, hunting, and other non-motorized recreational activities.

Goldmine and Hungry Bay Conservation Easement Tracts can be accessed from White Hill (Stark) Road.

Stark Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from Stark Road.

Peaked Hill Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from Raquette River Road.

Hollywood Mountain Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from State Route 56 via a seasonal access road that is open from May through the end of the big game hunting season.

The Kildare Conservation Easement Tract and the Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract also have public access rights for hiking and other non-motorized recreational activities.

Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from Round Pond Road, a seasonal access road off East Hill Road in Parishville, and from Barney Pond Road, off Route 56 in South Colton.

Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract

Public recreation on the Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract is restricted to the following:

  • Main Haul Road
    • Motor vehicles
    • NOTE: Public ATV use is prohibited but lessees may use ATVs
  • West Branch St. Regis River (except in the Saunders Camp and Main Camp exclusion areas)
    • Paddling (must use portage trails around exclusion areas)
    • Fishing
  • Lands between the road and the river (except in the Cooperage Camp, Saunders Camp, and Main Camp exclusion areas)
    • Between May 1 and September 30
    • Non-motorized activities only
    • Public hunting and trapping are prohibited

A conservation easement is a partnership with the private landowner that allows public access while protecting open space by limiting development. The private landowner retains the right to manage the property for purposes such as sustainable timber production and leasing private camps. Logging trucks, skidders, and other logging equipment may be present during logging operation.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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

While the mileage of hiking trails is low for the amount of land in the complex, there are no mountains in the area so hikes are fairly easy.

Long Pond Trail in the Whitehill Wild Forest extends 3.4 miles between its trailhead on the Goldmine Conservation Easement Tract and the Clear Pond Parking Area. The trail passes Lilypad Pond, Long Pond, and Little Rock Pond before reaching Clear Pond. The trail ascends 300 feet in the first 0.6 mile and then descends the same distance in the next mile. The remainder of the trail consists of small ascents and descents. A designated tent site is located on the shores of both Lilypad Pond and Long Pond.

Clear Pond Loop Trail extends 1.4 miles from the Clear Pond Parking Area around the shore of Clear Pond. It includes 0.3 mile of the Long Pond Trail. Four designated tent sites and one accessible campsite are located on the shore of Clear Pond.

Rock Pond Trail intersects the Clear Pond Loop Trail 0.3 mile from the Clear Pond Parking Area. The trail extends 2.2 miles to the Pickettville Road.

Jamestown Falls Trail extends 0.2 mile to the shore of the Raquette River just below the scenic falls.

Moody Falls Trail extends 0.25 mile and descends 40 feet from the trailhead to the bank of the Raquette River a short distance downstream of Moody Falls.

On the Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract, there is an unpaved road through the property that is open to hiking and other public non-motorized transportation.

Camping

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

There are six designated primitive tent sites and two designated campsites. All are available on a first come - first served basis and cannot be reserved. Designated tent sites are marked with a yellow "Camp Here" disc. Designated tent sites are for tents only. Tents or small campers can use designated campsites. There are no hook-ups for water or electricity at campsites.

Clear Pond has four designated tent sites and one accessible campsite on its shores which can be accessed from the Clear Pond Parking Area via the Clear Pond Loop Trail.

Long Pond has a designated tent site on its shore that can accessed from the Long Pond Trailhead or the Clear Pond Parking Area via the Long Pond Trail.

Lilypad Pond has a designated tent site on its shore that may be accessed from the Long Pond Trailhead via the Long Pond Trail.

An accessible campsite is located near Jamestown Falls with a designated ADA parking site in the trailhead parking lot and accessible tent pad, picnic table, fire ring and privy. An accessible hand launch is a short walk down the trail, located just below the scenic falls.

Campers who prefer more amenities may camp at the nearby Cranberry Lake Campground & Day Use Area.

Biking

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

Electric bicycles (E-bikes) of any class are not allowed on trails and roadways where public motorized access is prohibited.

Biking on Forest Preserve lands is generally allowed on roads open to motor vehicles and designated snowmobile trails, but there are also numerous trails and old roads throughout the complex that are suitable for off-road bicycles.

The seasonal access roads on Goldmine and Hollywood Conservation Easement Tracts are open to biking.

The seasonal access road along the West Branch St. Regis River on the Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract provides a biking opportunity for those who enjoy riding on rough, gravel roads with a fair amount of hills. Park at the entrance parking area and bike to the last parking area on the Main Haul Road for a nearly 14-mile round trip or turn around anywhere in between.

Paddling

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

Raquette River: A 15-mile section of the Raquette River from Piercefield Flow to Carry Falls Reservoir is considered one of the premier whitewater paddling routes in New York State. The scenery is spectacular along this route with virgin white pine and hemlocks along the riverside.

If you are not an experienced whitewater paddler you should hire a guide. While there are flatwater sections around the launch sites, there are also numerous rapids in this section of the river ranging from Class II to Class IV. Several long, hard portages around waterfalls also are present.

This section of river may be accessed from Dead Creek, Sevey Hand Launch, Moody Falls Hand Launch, Jamestown Falls Hand Launch, and Parmenter Hand Launch.

This full route and the whitewater sections should not be attempted by beginners as it requires considerable expertise in white water canoeing skills and some endurance.

Dead Creek: There is no formal hand launch on Dead Creek, however, a pull-off and picnic area located along State Route 3 next to the bridge provides access to the water. Across the road from the parking area is a path that leads to an informal put-in site. A half mile or so paddle downstream on the meandering creek brings you to a flatwater section of the Raquette River around Sols Island. The section upstream from the access site consists of a mile or more of the meandering flatwater with numerous beaver dams.

Jordan River: Upstream (east) of the Lassiter Main Haul Road Bridge, the Jordan River provides a true boreal forest flatwater paddling experience as the river meanders through forests of balsam fir, tamarack and black spruce, as well as a variety of wetlands and flows over numerous beaver dams.

Downstream from the bridge the river contains significant whitewater sections, including Tebo Falls. Paddling the rapids downstream from here should only be done during periods of high water. The Tebo Falls rapids are rated Class IV - V. It is a potentially dangerous section and should be considered only by experienced whitewater paddlers.

The river can be accessed using the 1.5-mile Jordan River Canoe Carry which leaves the east shore of Carry Falls Reservoir nearly three miles north of the Parmenter Boat Launch. The canoe carry connects to Lassiter Main Haul Road approximately 0.2 mile north of the Jordan River Bridge where paddlers can put in.

West Branch St. Regis River: There are four hand launches for accessing the West Branch St. Regis River along the Five Mile and Main Haul Roads of the Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract. This section of the river is only navigable during periods of high water and consists mainly of flatwater with a few small rapids. There are two portages on the conservation easement where the river is closed to public use, at the Main Camp and the Saunders Camp exclusion areas.

Carry Falls Reservoir (3,009 acres) (Carry Falls Reservoir Contour Map, PDF, 244 KB), the largest body of water in the complex, can be accessed by paddlers and boaters from boat launches operated by Brookfield Power. The reservoir may also be accessed from upstream using the Jamestown Falls Hand Launch and paddling down the Raquette River to the reservoir. Also due to its size, high winds can create large waves in the open portion of the reservoir. Paddlers should stay close to shore or in more sheltered portions of the reservoir during periods of high winds.

Rainbow Falls Reservoir (739 acres) (Rainbow Falls Reservoir Contour Map, PDF, 210 KB), can be accessed by paddlers and boaters from a boat launch located near the dam operated by Brookfield Power.

Stark Falls Reservoir (650 acre) (Stark Falls Reservoir Contour Map, PDF, 209 KB), can be accessed by paddlers and boaters from a boat launch located near the dam operated by Brookfield Power.

Lake Ozonia (405 acre) can be accessed by paddlers and small boats from a hand launch on its northern shore.

Clear Pond (35 acres) can be accessed by paddlers and small boats from an ADA-compliant hand launch on the northeastern shore which is can be used by people with mobility disabilities. A nearby picnic site and campsite are also ADA compliant.

Boating

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General information on boating includes safety tips with links to rules & regulations and lists of DEC boat launches by county.

The Raquette River and the reservoirs it flows through provide many boating opportunities.

Boaters with trailered or car top boats can access the following waters:

3,009-acre Carry Falls Reservoir (Carry Falls Reservoir Contour Map, PDF, 244 KB), the largest waterbody in the complex, can be accessed from boat launches operated by Brookfield Power. Most of the boating activity in the complex is on Carry Falls Reservoir.

739-acre Rainbow Falls Reservoir (Rainbow Falls Reservoir Contour Map, PDF, 210 KB), can be accessed from the boat launch near the dam operated by Brookfield Power.

650-acre Stark Falls Reservoir (Stark Falls Reservoir Contour Map, PDF, 209 KB), can be accessed from the boat launch near the dam operated by Brookfield Power.

Only boaters with small boats can access the following waters:

Lake Ozonia (405 acre) can be accessed from a hand launch at its northern shore. Motors are restricted to 10 horsepower or less.

Clear Pond (35 acres) can be accessed from an ADA-compliant hand launch on the northeastern shore which can be used by people with mobility disabilities. A nearby picnic site and campsite are also ADA compliant.

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes fishing tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations. You can ensure continued good fishing opportunities in the future by fishing responsibly. If you have never been fishing but want to try, it's easy to learn how to fish.

The large impoundment and rivers combined with some small ponds and many small streams provide a variety of fishing opportunities. Anglers may use the same trailheads and trails as hikers, the same boat launches and hand launches as paddlers and boaters, and the same camp sites as campers to access and fish these waters.

The Raquette River, between Piercefield Flow and Carry Falls Reservoir, contains brook trout, smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, bullhead, white sucker, sunfish, rock bass, and some walleye.

West Branch St. Regis River is stocked with brown trout. The river can be accessed using any one of the four hand launches located along the Main Haul Road on the Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract. This section of the river is only navigable during periods of high water and consists mainly of flatwater with a few small rapids. There are two portages on the conservation easement where the river is closed to public use, at the Main Camp and the Saunders Camp exclusion areas.

The Jordan River contains wild brook trout and can be accessed by canoe, kayak, or small row boat from the boat launches and hand launches described in the Paddling (on page link) section.

Carry Falls Reservoir (3,009 acres) (Carry Falls Reservoir Contour Map, PDF, 244 KB), the largest waterbody in the complex, contains smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, tiger muskellunge, walleye, yellow perch, bullhead, white sucker, rock bass, and sunfish. The reservoir may be accessed from a boat launch near the dam operated by Brookfield Power. Ice fishing is allowed.

Rainbow Falls Reservoir (739 acres) (Rainbow Falls Reservoir Contour Map, PDF, 210 KB), contains largemouth bass, northern pike, chain pickerel, walleye, yellow perch, and sunfish. The reservoir may be accessed from a boat launch near the dam operated by Brookfield Power. Ice fishing is allowed.

Stark Falls Reservoir (650 acres) (Stark Falls Reservoir Contour Map, PDF, 209 KB), contains smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, and sunfish. The reservoir may be accessed from a boat launch near the dam operated by Brookfield Power. Ice fishing is allowed.

Lake Ozonia (405 acre) is stocked with splake, Atlantic salmon, and rainbow trout, and also contains smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and bullhead. The lake can be accessed from a hand launch at its northern shore. Motors are restricted to 10 horsepower or less. Ice fishing is allowed.

Three ponds in the main parcel of the White Hill Wild Forest are very popular with anglers.

Clear Pond (35 acres) is stocked with brook trout and contains bullhead. The pond, which has a firm sandy bottom along much of the shoreline, can be accessed from an ADA-compliant hand launch on the northeastern shore which is can be used by people with mobility disabilities. A nearby picnic site and campsite are also ADA compliant. The use of baitfish is prohibited on Clear Pond.

Lilypad Pond is stocked with brook trout and can be accessed from the Long Pond Trailhead via the Long Pond Trail. The pond has high, rocky shorelines. The use of baitfish is prohibited on Lilypad Pond.

Long Pond is stocked with brook trout and can be accessed from the Long Pond Trailhead via the Long Pond Trail. The pond has high, rocky shorelines. The use of baitfish is prohibited on Long Pond.

Alder Meadow Brook and Dead Creek pass through the White Hill Wild Forest; both contain wild brook trout.

Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract: Cold Brook is popular with anglers seeking wild brook trout. Other small brooks on the Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract also contain wild brook trout.

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

Help Protect Native Adirondack Fish. Populations of brook trout, round whitefish and other native Adirondack fish species have severely declined due to introduced fish.

Hunting & Trapping

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Wildlife Management Unit: 6F & 6J

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

All the Forest Preserve lands and waters on them in the complex are open to hunting and trapping. Most of the lands and waters within the Conservation Easement Tracts are also open to hunting and trapping except as described below.

Hunters and trappers may use the parking areas, roads, seasonal access roads, trailheads and trails as hikers, the same boat launches and hand launches as paddlers and boaters, and the same camp sites as campers to access the lands and waters in this area.

The complex provides a variety of hunting opportunities. Hunting has historically focused on big game, deer and bear. Small game hunting and fur-bearer trapping are also prominent. One of the most popular hunting periods in the complex is during the early season for black bear. During the regular big game season, the pursuit of white-tailed deer draws hunters to the area. Small game and furbearers that can be found include coyote, bobcat, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, fisher, mink, muskrat, striped skunk, river otter, beaver, porcupine and varying hare.

Small game hunting is allowed on the Kildare Conservation Easement Tract and Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract from January 1 through August 31 during legal open hunting seasons. Trapping is allowed during all legal trapping seasons. Public hunting will be allowed year-round during all legal open hunting seasons on both tracts in 2020.

Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from Round Pond Road, a seasonal use road off East Hill Road in Parishville, and from Barney Pond Road, off Route 56 in South Colton.

Hunting and trapping are allowed on the Goldmine Conservation Easement Tract, Hungry Bay Conservation Easement Tract, Stark Conservation Easement Tract, Peaked Hill Conservation Easement Tract, and Hollywood Mountain Conservation Easement Tract.

These conservation easement tracts can be accessed as follows;

  • Goldmine and Hungry Bay Conservation Easement Tracts can be accessed from White Hill Road.
  • Stark Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from Stark Road.
  • Peaked Hill Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from Raquette River Road.
  • Hollywood Mountain Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from State Route 56.

Hunting and trapping are prohibited on the Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract.

Snowmobiling

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

Several state snowmobile trails cross through the complex including the C8, S81A, S86A and S87 in the north and the S79 in the south. Snowmobiling is allowed on designated snowmobile trails only.

Rock Pond Trail is a designated snowmobile trail as is Clear Pond Road and a portion of Clear Pond Trail.

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers may also use snowmobile trails. Snowmobilers should slow down when approaching and passing skiers or snowshoers.

All of the designated snowmobile trails in the complex are maintained by the St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Association (leaves DEC website).

More information on snowmobiling, including an interactive trail map, is also available from the New York State Snowmobile Association (leaves DEC website).

Wildlife

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

The Adirondacks contain large tracts of wildlife habitat with some boreal, bog, alpine and other unique habitats. Many species of birds and mammals are unique to the Adirondacks or are mainly found here. More than 50 species of mammals and hundreds of species of birds inhabit or pass through the Adirondacks at one time of the year or another so it is not unlikely to catch site of wildlife during your trip.

More information on Adirondack Flora and Fauna (Leaves DEC Website) from the SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center.

You can protect wildlife and wildlife habitat when viewing them.

Wildlife Found in the Adirondacks

Accessible Features

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General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

Clear Pond, located on the main parcel of the White Hill Wild Forest, includes an ADA-compliant hand launch, picnic site, and tent site that can be used by people with mobility disabilities.

An accessible parking lot has been designated in the parking area. A hardened 0.1-mile path between the parking area and the hand launch is wheelchair accessible.

Across the road is an accessible tent site with a large hardened pad, accessible privy, and an accessible picnic table. The site provides a great view of the lake.

Jamestown Falls off State Route 56 includes an ADA-compliant hand launch, picnic site, and tent site that can be used by people with mobility disabilities. A designated ADA parking site is located in the trailhead parking lot. Accessible features include a hardened tent pad and accessibly-designed picnic table, fire ring, and privy. An accessible hand launch is a short walk down the trail, just below the scenic falls.

Directions

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

Parking Areas and Trailheads

  • Long Pond Trailhead Parking Area is located along Goldmine Road, a seasonal access road off Joe Indian Road. (44.5260°N, 74.7411°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Clear Pond Parking Area is located at the end of the Clear Pond Road, a seasonal access road off of White Hill Road. (44.5588°N, 74.7720°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Jamestown Falls Trailhead Parking Area is located off State Route 56. (44.3262°N, 74.7226°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Moody Falls Trailhead is located along State Route 56. (44.3125°N, 74.7197°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Five Mile Easement Tract Entrance Parking Area is located on Five Mile Road off Sterling Pond Road. (44.5270°N, 74.7241°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Hand Launches and Boat Launches

  • Sevey Hand Launch is located along a seasonal access road off State Route 56, there is a short carry to the river. (44.3071°N, 74.7059°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Moody Falls Trailhead is located along State Route 56. There is a 0.1-mile carry to the river. (44.3125°N, 74.7197°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Jamestown Falls Trailhead Parking Area is located off State Route 56. There is a 100-foot carry to the river. (44.3262°N, 74.7226°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Jordan River Canoe Carry on the Carry Falls Reservoir (44.3883°N, 74.7218°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Jordan River Canoe Carry on Jordan River (44.3778°N, 74.7000°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Five Mile Hand Launch Parking Area #1 is located along Five Mile Road off Sterling Pond Road. (44.5133°N, 74.7086°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Five Mile Hand Launch Parking Area #2 is located along Five Mile Road off Sterling Pond Road. (44.5094°N, 74.6838°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Five Mile Hand Launch Parking Area #3 is located along Main Haul Road off Five Mile Road. There is a 0.4-mile carry to the river. (44.4794°N, 74.6577°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Five Mile Hand Launch Parking Area #4 is located along Main Haul Road off Five Mile Road. (44.4651°N, 74.6445°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Clear Pond Hand Launch Parking Area is located at the end of Clear Pond Road, a seasonal access road off White Hill Road. There is a short carry to the pond. (44.5588°N, 74.7720°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Lake Ozonia Hand Launch and Parking Area is located on Old Road off Lake Ozonia Road (44.6043°N, 74.6248°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating in the Adirondacks to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other backcountry users.

All users of the Raquette Boreal Complex must follow all State Land Use Regulations and any special rules or regulations. Users should also follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Complex-wide Rules

  • Motor vehicles are only permitted on designated roads.
  • Snowmobiles are only permitted on designated roads and trails.
  • Parking is only allowed at designated areas.

Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract Rules

  • Except for designated snowmobile trails, public use is only allowed between May 1 and September 30.
  • Public motor vehicle access to these lands is restricted to a single access road along the west side of the West Branch St. Regis River. The road is closed to public access seasonally.
  • All public use is restricted to the designated public recreation area between and including the West Branch St. Regis River and the access road. (Raquette Boreal Complex North Map (PDF, 198 KB))
  • Public fishing is permitted on the designated section of the West Branch St. Regis River only.
  • Please adhere to signage noting areas closed to the public.
  • Please respect camp leases on the property.
    • Cooperage Camp - No public use within 300' except on river
    • Main Camp - Use carry trail; river closed to public, no public use on river next to camp
    • Saunders Camp - Canoe portage west shore of river

Kildare Conservation Easement Tract and Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract Rules

  • Hunting is prohibited from September 1 through December 31 of each year, until December 31, 2019.
  • Trapping is allowed year-round during appropriate seasons.
  • There is not public motorized access to these tracts.

How We Manage the Raquette Boreal Complex

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the following Unit Management Plans (UMPs):

  • White Hill Wild Forest UMP covers White Hill Wild Forest and Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract.
  • Raquette Boreal UMP covers Raquette River Wild Forest, Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area, Kildare Conservation Easement Tract, Goldmine Conservation Easement Tract, Peaked Hill Conservation Easement Tract, Stark Conservation Easement Tract, and Hungry Bay Conservation Easement Tract.

In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract Interim Recreation Management Plan defines the public recreational opportunities on the lands and waters of this conservation easement tract.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Nearby Amenities

Gas can be found in the nearby communities of Canton, Colton, Parishville, Potsdam, Seveys Corner, and Tupper Lake. Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Canton, Colton, Parishville, Potsdam, Seveys Corner, South Colton, and Tupper Lake. Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Canton, Childwold, Colton, Cranberry Lake, Parishville, Potsdam, and Tupper Lake. Lodging can be found in the nearby communities of Canton, Cranberry Lake, Potsdam, and Tupper Lake.

Adirondack Regional Tourism Council (leaves DEC website) and St. Lawrence County Tourism (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.