Bonner Lake State Forest
Bonner Lake State Forest covers 98 acres located in the town of Edwards in southwestern St. Lawrence County.
There are currently no designated recreational trails on this forest. The property does provide undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing. It also contains a wide range of topography and vegetation types in a small area.
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.
This state forest is located adjacent to the Beers Lot Conservation Easement, part of the Conservation Easement Program. Information about this specific easement can be found by contacting the Potsdam DEC office.
The topography is variable with upland areas supporting a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Pine 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.
The Forest Floor in Bonner Lake
This forest can be accessed from the River Road in the town of Edwards.
Important Phone Numbers
Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm)
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850
Tips for Using State Forests
Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both them and the forest environment.
This forest consists of 1 parcel which was purchased in 1989 from The Nature Conservancy, at the same time that the adjacent Conservation Easement was acquired. It is both the smallest and newest state forest in St. Lawrence County.