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Lewis Preserve Wildlife Management Area

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Lewis Preserve Wildlife Management Area (WMA) - The primary purposes of the Lewis Preserve WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 1,356 acre parcel. In 1987, with great generosity and foresight, Dr. and Mrs. Revis Lewis made a gift of land to the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. Following an intensive ecological evaluation and with the approval of Dr. Lewis, the Adirondack Nature Conservancy donated the property to New York State as a Wildlife Management Area. The Lewis Preserve WMA offers a unique mix of abandoned farm fields and second growth forest. The area is located east of the Alder Bend Road between the Terrien Road on the north and the Jerusalem Road on the south.

Featured Activities

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Hunting and Trapping
The Lewis Preserve WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 5C. Grouse, white-tailed deer, and black bear entice hunters to Lewis Preserve while beaver, mink and fisher attract the interest of trappers. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Fishing
Three major streams flow through the area, providing 2.5 miles of top quality fishing. The Great Chazy River forms much of the western boundary, with King Brook and Brandy Brook flowing into the river from the south. All three streams offer excellent trout habitat, with wild brown trout and native brook trout known to be present. A short side trail has been developed that meanders through primitive charcoal kilns on its way to the outlet of King Brook.

Wildlife Viewing
Nest boxes for bluebirds have been erected along the edges of open areas. Moose tracks were observed in 1996.

  • ruffed grouse
  • white-tailed deer
  • black bear
  • snowshoe hare
  • fisher
  • coyote
  • raccoon
  • beaver
  • cottontail rabbit
  • wild turkey
  • songbirds

Directions

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From the north: Take State Route 190 to the Alder Bend Road.

  • Take the Alder Bend Road south 2.6 miles to Terrien Road. Turn left onto Terrien Road and take it 0.7 miles to a parking area and yellow gate at its end - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC website)
  • Take the Alder Bend Road south 5.4 miles to Jerusalem Road. Turn left onto Jerusalem Road. Three parking areas are located on Jerusalem Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC website)
    • The first parking area is on the left 0.2 mile from Alder Bend Road;
    • The second parking area is on the left 0.4 mile from Alder Bend Road and
    • The third parking area is a grassy area next to a large DEC sign 0.7 mile from Alder Bend Road.

From the south: Take State Route 374 to the Plank Road (County Route 8). Take Plank Road north 2.3 miles to Alder Bend Road.

  • Take the Alder Bend Road north 1.8 miles to Jerusalem Road. Turn right onto Jerusalem Road. Three parking areas are located on Jerusalem Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC website)
    • The first parking area is on the left 0.2 mile from Alder Bend Road;
    • The second parking area is on the left 0.4 mile from Alder Bend Road and
    • The third parking area is a grassy area next to a large DEC sign 0.7 mile from Alder Bend Road.
  • Take the Alder Bend Road north 4.6 miles to Terrien Road. Turn right onto Terrien Road and take it 0.7 miles to a parking area and yellow gate at its end - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Lewis Preserve WMA:

  • Unless specifically stated, using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • Kindling fires
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs or other property
  • Overnight storage of boats
  • Cutting, removing or damaging living vegetation
  • Construction of permanent blinds or other structures such as tree stands
  • Littering
  • Storage of personal property

Outdoor Safety Tips

NOTE: Ticks are active whenever temperatures are above freezing but especially so in the late spring and early fall. Deer ticks can transmit Lyme and several other diseases. More information on deer ticks and Lyme disease can be obtained from the NYS Department of Health. (Leaves DEC Website)

How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Lewis Preserve WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing/photography). Funding to maintain and manage this site is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration or "Pittman-Robertson" Act, which is acquired through excise taxes on sporting arms, ammunition and archery equipment.

The entire area is upland except for limited wet areas and beaver flows along several brooks. There are several open fields along the Jerusalem Road on the south boundary, and several more at the north end.

The southern portion of the area except for the fields is predominantly second growth forest with aspen, birch, spruce and balsam fir. There are a few northern hardwood areas of yellow birch, hard maple, white ash and beech with some soft maple, hemlock and white cedar along moist stream corridors.

The north portion, except for the stream corridors, is overgrown pasture land dominated by aspen, white birch and apple trees. Stone fences are noticeable throughout the woods.

Tourism Information for Nearby Attractions, Amenities & Activities

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.

Web links below can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

DEC Lands and Facilities

Gas, food and supplies, and dining are available in the nearby communities Ellenburg, Altona, Dannemora, and Plattsburgh. Lodging is available in Plattsburgh.