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Pleasant Lake State Forest

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Pleasant Lake State Forest locator map

Pleasant Lake Forest covers 963 acres. The topography is variable with upland areas supporting a mixture of northern hardwood, oak - hickory, 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 swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas.

Featured Activities



General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. There are several trails and roads throughout the forest that are open for hiking. The Mud Lake Hiking Trail (0.3 mile) provides access to this popular fishing area. Follow all safety guidelines, be prepared before going into the woods.


Primitive Camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Primitive camping is allowed on the property. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Hunting, Trapping


General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Hunting and trapping are allowed in accordance with State laws and regulations. Follow all hunting safety guidelines, be prepared before going into the woods.



General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules, regulations & seasons. Mud Lake provides a popular ice fishing location for Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and Bluegill. Users should note that this forest does not contain any frontage on near-by Pleasant Lake. Please respect private property.

Mountain Biking

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General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips an links to rules & regulations.

All trails are open to mountain biking. No trails are specifically maintained for mountain biking.

Cross-country Skiing, Snowshoeing

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General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

All Trails on Pleasant Lake State Forest are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. No trails are groomed for cross-country skiing.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibThe wildlife that may be present in the Pleasant Lake State Forest includes deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, mink, raccoon, black bear, fox, and migratory songbirds. Smooth green snake, eastern garter snake, wood turtle and painted turtle may also be present.

Accessible Features

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General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

The Curran Road (0.5 mile) and CP3 Trail (0.1mile) are open for ATV use by permit only for people with disabilities. This is located at Williams Road Parking.


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Mud Lake in Pleasant Lake State Forest

This forest can be accessed from the Williams Road in the town of Macomb and the Lockie Road in the town of Rossie. All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Williams Road Parking for Mud Lake: (44.372863°N, 75.592989°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
Lockie Road Parking: (44.361330°N, 75.619427°W) Google Map (Leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Hickory Lake State Forest must follow all State Forest Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Don't Move Firewood. The insects it carries could kill the forests you love.

How We Manage Pleasant Lake State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. Pleasant Lake is one of 15 State Forests, 9 Detached Forest Preserve Parcels and 2 Conservation Easements combined into the area called the St. Lawrence Rock Ridge Management Unit. In addition to forestry management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more. If you have questions and/ or comments about this UMP, pleas email us: Region 6 UMP mail box.

Nearby Areas and Attractions

The tourism offices above can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

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.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.

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