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Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Plan

The Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Area includes the Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area, the Pine Lake Primitive Area, and portions of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest and Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. The Complex Area contains numerous pristine lakes and ponds, large wetland complexes and scenic stretches of the Cedar and Hudson Rivers. The area also affords a variety of recreational opportunities including paddling, horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, and primitive camping.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Essex Chain Lakes Complex recreation page.

Status of the Plan

The Department adopted the Complex Plan for the Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex in 2016. If you have questions about the Plan, please e-mail us at

Downloadable Documents

Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Plan - (PDF, 9.4 MB)

Cedar River Bridge Wild, Scenic, & Recreational Rivers Permit (PDF)

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