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Jessup River Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Jessup River Wild Forest consists of 47,350 acres of Forest Preserve lands in the towns of Arietta, Indian Lake, Lake Pleasant, and Wells in Hamilton County. The unit is bounded by Route 28 to the north and Route 30 in the southeast, as well as three wilderness areas: West Canada Lakes Wilderness to the west; Siamese Ponds Wilderness to the east, and Silver Lake Wilderness to the south. The state lands in this unit border, or are in close proximity to, the communities of Indian Lake, Piseco, Speculator and Wells.

Status of the UMP

The Department adopted a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Jessup River Wild Forest in 2006. If you have questions about the UMP, please e-mail us at

Download the UMP

Jessup River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - (PDF, 9.9 MB)

2017 Amendment - Trail Connection

Most of the proposals in the UMP amendment pertain to the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. One proposal, the construction of a new trail segment connecting the John Pond - Clear Pond Loop Trail to Parkerville Road, falls within the Jessup River Wild Forest.

2017 Amendment to the Jessup River Wild Forest UMP - (PDF, 3.2 MB)

2015 Amendment - Public Motor Vehicle Access Road

This amendment proposed to allow public motor vehicle access along 900 feet of existing road across the Jessup River Wild Forest. The existing road leads to a proposed parking area on the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement.

2015 Jessup River Wild Forest UMP Amendment - (PDF, 3.63 MB)

2010 Amendment - Snowmobile Trail Configuration

In order to address the rescinded snowmobile language and implement the new Snowmobile Management Guidance - (PDF, 237 KB), the Department developed an amendment that proposed a snowmobile trail system for the unit.

2010 Jessup River Wild Forest UMP Amendment - (PDF, 1.65 MB)

2007 Rescission of Snowmobile Sections

In 2007, in accordance with the Honorable John C. Egan's Stipulation and Order in the matter of Adirondack Mountain Club, et al. v. APA, DEC and OPRHP, DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis rescinded those portions of the UMP and those portions of the accompanying SEQRA Findings related to the use of snowmobiles. This included but was not limited to the construction, modification or relocation of snowmobile trails, bridges and other facilities, and the use of motorized tracked grooming machines (other than snowmobiles) on snowmobile trails. The remainder of the 2006 Jessup River UMP was not affected by this revised approval.

2007 Commissioner's Rescission Memorandum - (PDF, 200 KB)|| Web (html) version of the Commissioner's memorandum

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