Catherineville State Forest
Catherineville State Forest covers 1,623 acres located in the town of Hopkinton in northeastern St. Lawrence County.
There are several access trails located throughout the forest that are open for hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, and snowmobiling.
The Firewood Trail is 0.3 miles long and is open to people with disabilities through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD). Holders of MAPPWD permits may use this trail with an ATV for hunting, camping, and similar recreational activities. Permits for Hunters with Disabilities must also be obtained for those wishing to use an ATV for hunting.
Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property; however individuals may set up camp at any location which is at least 150 feet from water bodies, streams, roads or trails. Back Country camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.
Hunting and Trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails.
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. See the February 2005 article in Conservationist Magazine for more information on geo-caching.
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 red spruce-balsam fir and swamp hardwood stands in poorly drained areas.
This forest can be accessed from the Fletcher, Hayden, and Santamont Roads, and the Circle Public Forest Access Road in the town of Hopkinton.
Important Phone Numbers
Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm) (315) 265-3090
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850
Tips for Using State Forests
Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both the user and the forest environment.
This forest consists of 17 separate parcels which were purchased between 1933 and 1988 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.
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 and Camp S-120 in Brushton accomplished the following tasks on Catherineville State Forest between 1935 and 1940:
- Planted over 690,000 trees on 665 acres, with the major species being white spruce, white pine, and red pine. Other less common species planted include white cedar, several species of larch, red ash, and American elm.
Former CCC Waterhole beside the Fletcher Road
- Constructed 6 waterholes for fire control.
One waterhole created by the CCC's is still visible along the Fletcher Road, surrounded by a large wetland area.
Catherineville (also spelled Catherinesville) was once a busy community with over a dozen different families living in the area now encompassed by state forest. There was also a schoolhouse located near the intersection of the Fletcher Road and the Circle Public Forest Access Road.
Catherineville State Forest is located adjacent to St. Lawrence County Forest #'s 8 and 38, which are managed by the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District.