Including Chain of Lakes, Township 19 and Township 20 Conservation Easement Tracts
- Open for Recreation: Year-round. Some sections may be closed to public use periodically for safety and administrative reasons.
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake, Hamilton County; Town of Minerva, Essex County.
- Wildlife Management Unit: 5H & 5F
- Map: Blue Mountain Wild Forest Map (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The 37,800-acre Blue Mountain Wild Forest is part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. It is comprised of five separate tracts of land in the central Adirondacks situated between the communities of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, and Newcomb. The terrain varies from gentle around the easily accessible and popular Rock Lake to extremely steep and rugged in the remote Fishing Brook Range. The 3,759-foot Blue Mountain dominates the landscape for some distance around.
The 1,400-acre Township 19 Tract Public Use Area is private land with a conservation easement which allows for full public recreation access on the portion of the Tract south of the O'Neill Flow Road. The Tract also provides access to forest preserve lands in the Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest which it borders to the south.
The 1,081-acre Township 20 Tract Public Use Area is private land with a conservation easement which allows for full public recreation access on the portion of the Tract west of the Minerva Club Road and Six Mile Brook. The Tract also provides access to forest preserve lands in the Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest which it borders to the west.
Snowmobile trails and other limited public recreation access are allowed on other portions of both of these Tracts. The public may only recreate in those corridors as prescribed in the easement condition and described below. Any use of lands and waters on other portions of the Tracts or other than described is prohibited.
Logging trucks, skidders and other logging equipment and activity may be encountered while recreating on the Township 19 and Township 20 Tract. Certain access roads may be closed when logging operations are active.
Outdoor recreation opportunities on the tracts of Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest located north and east of the Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area and south and east of the Cedar River are included in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex web page.
Backcountry Information for the West Central Adirondacks provides general information regarding backcountry and seasonal conditions; specific notices regarding closures and conditions of trails, roads, bridges and other infrastructure; and links to weather, state land use regulations, low impact recreation and more.