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St. Regis River State Forest

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The 929-acre St. Regis River State Forest features access to the St. Regis River with fishing, hiking, hunting and trapping opportunities.

Featured Activities



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

There are 3 hiking trails:

  • The 0.63-mile Red Trail runs along on the west side of St. Regis River
  • The 0.96-mile Yellow Trail runs along the east side of St. Regis River
  • The 0.74-mile St. Regis School Trail runs loops out and back from the northern boundary line of St. Regis Falls Central School


primitive camping

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

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 and regulations.

The St. Regis River provides trout fishing opportunities for both brown and rainbow trout. For Public Fishing Rights (PFR) on this river, visit DECinfo Locator- Interactive Trout Stream Fishing Map (DECinfo Locator is best viewed on a desktop computer. Users are encouraged to visit the Trout Stream Fishing Map User Guide first for "how to" instructions on using the fishing map).

Adirondack/Lake Champlain 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


Wildlife Management Unit: 6F

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

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.


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


From Malone, NY: Head southwest on 11B for 14 miles and take a left onto Doug Smith Rd. Continue south on Doug Smith Road for 4.63 miles and turn right onto Port Kent Road. Parking area will be on the left after 0.1 mile.

  • Port Kent Road Parking Lot (44.688500°N, 74.552710°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 St. Regis River 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

Paddling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

Planning and Management

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to 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, please email us at

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas may be found in the nearby communities of Malone and St. Regis Falls.
  • Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby community of Malone.
  • Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Dickinson Center and Malone.
  • Lodging may be found in the nearby community of Malone.

Franklin County Tourism Office (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guidebooks 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.