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Fish Creek State Forest

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The majority of the 679-acre Fish Creek State Forest was purchased during the 1940s, with two more pieces being acquired during the 1960s. The West Branch of Fish Creek makes up the western boundary of the property and is a protected trout stream.

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

There are no trails on this property; however, there are approximately 1.1-miles of unpaved forest access roads that may be used for hiking.


primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.



General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.

The west branch of Fish Creek runs along the western most boundary line. Brown trout and the occasional wild brook trout can be caught in the creek which is stocked annually with around 12,600 one year-old brown trout (8-10") and 200 two year-old brown trout (12-14").

A pamphlet is available with maps of state lands and public fishing rights that depicts the Public Access for Fishing the West Branch of the Fish Creek (PDF).

North Central NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting & Trapping


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


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.


From Rome on Rome Taberg Road/State Route 69. Continue on State Route 69 for about 12 miles. Take a left on Bones Road. On Bones Road go about 1 mile and you will hit Fish Creek State Forest. People can also access the state forest on Forward Road and Trestle Road.

  • This point is at the intersection of Bones Rd. and Forward Rd., in the northeastern corner of the property (43.299139°N, 75.683385°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and 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 Fish Creek State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Specific Rules

Mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are allowed on the property; however, there are no trails on this property currently maintained for these activities.

How We Manage Fish Creek State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Vienna Woods Unit Management Plan (UMP). In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

All State Forests are lands which have been certified as being managed using responsible forestry practices and having met the requirements for Green Certification according to the policies and principles of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®). In addition, management activities take place in accordance with the actions outlined in the Unit Management Plan.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us

Fish Creek State Forest is comprised of Northern Hardwood stands, Northern Hardwoods-Hemlock stands, and plantations. The dominant species in the Northern Hardwood stands are red maple, sugar maple, red oak, black cherry, beech, eastern hemlock, aspen, and black birch. The plantations were planted in the 1940's and 1960's. In the 1940's they planted red pine, scotch pine, eastern white pine, and norway spruce. In the 1960's they planted white spruce, red pine, and white pine. Then in 1963 they replanted some areas with red pine. Today you can still see the red pine, white pine, scotch pine, and norway spruce.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities:

  • Gas, dining opportunities, lodging, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Camden, Taberg, McConnellsville, and Rome.

Oneida County Tourism webpage (leaves DEC website) 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.