Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Plan
Proposed Final Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
The Department has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Plan. The Plan will not be considered "Final", however, until it has been found to be in conformance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), and it has been approved by the Commissioner of DEC.
Download the Proposed Final Plan/FEIS
This Scoping Document is intended to define the scope of information to be included in the DEIS, to be prepared in accordance with the New York State Environmental Conservation Law [ECL § 8-0101 et seq.], and its implementing regulations found in Part 617 of Title 6 of the Official Codes, Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR Part 617).
Download the Final Scope
2014 Stewardship Plan
In order to facilitate appropriate public access and natural resource protection of the ECLMC prior to the release of a full UMP, the Department released a Stewardship Plan authorizing the implementation of certain recreational uses and facilities. These include the creation of primitive tent sites, designation of equestrian trails and facilities, seasonal hunting access on portions of the Chain Lakes Road South and Camp Six Road, designation of parking at the Outer Gooley, and motorized access to the "tube" (between Fourth and Fifth Lakes) for people with disabilities.
2015 Amendment - Designation of Bicycle Trails
The Stewardship Plan was amended in July 2015 to allow for bicycle use on designated routes within the Complex Area. The following changes were made to the Plan:
- Addition of a description of administrative roads within the Complex Area
- The designation of a subset of the administrative roads as open for bicycle use
- Minor editorial changes