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Saranac Lakes Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is comprised of approximately 75,000 acres of state land and 19,000 acres of waterbodies in Franklin and Essex Counties. It is situated near the communities of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid. The unit offers many recreational opportunities, including hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, hunting, and fishing. Popular hiking attractions include Scarface and Panther Mountains, Fernow Nature Trail, and the Lake Placid Peninsula Nature Trails. Many people enjoy boating and camping on Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest recreation page.

DEC adopted a unit management plan (UMP) for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest in 2019. If you have any questions about the UMP, please contact us at

Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - PDF (10 MB)

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