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Westward Waters Unit Management Plan

The West Ward Waters planning unit consists of seventeen state forests located in thirteen units on eastern edge of Lewis County. The state forest land totals of 38,637 acres in the towns of Croghan, Diana, Greig, Lyonsdale, New Breman, and Watson. These areas are not in the Adirondack Park, although some of the State Forests border the Adirondack Park.

The following list of state lands are all included in this UMP:

Balsam Creek State Forest - Lewis 30 - 560 acres
Beartown State Forest -Lewis 12 ,14 - 7205 acres
Bonaparte's Cave State Forest - Lewis 28 - 1437 acres
Frank E. Jadwin Memorial State Forest - Lewis 1,4,10,13 - 20593 acres
High Towers State Forest - Lewis 20 - 730 acres
Hogsback State Forest - Lewis 22 - 629 acres
Independence River State Forest - Lewis 35 - 690 acres
Indian Pipe State Forest - Lewis 24 -595 acres
Lowville Demonstration Area - Lewis 46 - 83 acres
Onjebonge State Forest - Lewis 15 - 1829 acres
Otter Creek State Forest - Lewis 34 - 1433 acres
Sand Bay State Forest - Lewis 42 - 324 acres
Sand Flats State Forest - Lewis 3 - 2529 acres
Forest Preserve Detached Lots - Lot # 308, 305, 95, 113, 222, 924, 990
Fishing Access Sites - Crystal Creek, Castorland, Burdick's Crossing, Beeches Bridge east and west, Lowville, Glenfield, Denley Dam, and Deer River - 47 acres
Fisherman's Parking Area - McConnell Road and Blue Street - 3.4 acres

These state forest offers many recreational opportunities, including: hiking, skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, trapping, dog sledding, bird watching and horseback riding. The unit contains 45 miles of classified streams/rivers, 23 miles of recreational trails (some designated New York State Snowmobile Corridor Trails) and 45 miles forest access roads.

How to provide input into the plan:

The first phase in the UMP preparation is completed and a draft is available for public review. The draft plan is linked below and also available on CD or for review in our Watertown or Lowville offices. Any person or group who would like to provide input or comments on the draft management plan can contact Ed Sykes at NYSDEC 7327 State Hwy 812, Lowville, New York 13367 or e-mail Written comments will be accepted until October 30, 2015.

DEC will be accepting public comments on the draft plan from September 24, 2015 through October 30, 2015. In addition, the DEC will host a public availability session to receive public input on the draft plan and answer questions about the plan on October 14, 2015, at the Lowville Fire Hall, 5420 Parkway Drive, Lowville, NY 13367 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The first half hour will be an open house format to allow people to informally discuss the draft plan with DEC staff. At 7 p.m., there will be a brief presentation of the draft plan highlights. Following the presentation, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the plan.

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