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Stammer Creek State Forest

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Stammer Creek State Forest covers 460 acres and was established for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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

The 1.11-mile Sugar Bush Haul Road (orange markers) is maintained as a snowmobile trail and may also be used as multi-use trail to explore the property. The property does provide large undeveloped areas well suited for exploring nature.

Camping

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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.

Hunting & Trapping

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Snowmobiling

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

The 1.11-mile Sugar Bush Haul Road (orange markers) is maintained and groomed as a snowmobile trail by the St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Association through a volunteer stewardship agreement. This route also connects with the NYS Snowmobile trail network once it leaves the property.

Wildlife

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

Driving Directions

From Edwards: Head southeast on Maple Ave and take a left on Route 58. Continue on Route 58 for .84-mile, the state forest and parking area will be on the left.

  • Route 58 parking area (44.3103676°N, 75.2277527°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 Stammer 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, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding are all permitted on the property; however; there are no maintained trails for these activities.

How We Manage Stammer Creek State Forest

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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 information.r6@dec.ny.gov.

The topography is variable 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.Much of the area is former agricultural land which has reverted to forest. Open fields were planted with a variety of species including Scotch, red, and white pines, as well as Japanese larch, white spruce, Norway spruce, and balsam fir. A total of over 157,000 trees were planted on 190 acres of this state forest between 1965 and 1998.

The Stammerville area was once a hub of logging activity. The story of Freeman Stammer was recounted in the article "Logging at Stammerville," by Mrs. Ray Dunlop published in The St. Lawrence County Historical Association Quarterly newsletter (Vol. 11 No. 4, October 1966). Mr. Stammer worked on log drives along Stammer Creek in the 1870s. A series of splash dams were constructed along the creek to float out millions of boardfeet of spruce, hemlock, pine, ash, and basswood logs, as well as many thousand cords of pulpwood. The wood was floated to the Oswegatchie River south of Edwards, and eventually to a sawmill at Natural Dam. It is amazing to look at the peaceful scene today and imagine the intense activity which took place here over 125 years ago.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities

  • Gas, lodging, dining opportunities, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Edwards, South Edwards, Harrisville and Gouverneur.

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.