- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Town of Indian Lake, Hamilton County; and the Towns of Minerva and Newcomb, Essex County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 5H
- Map: Essex Chain Lakes Complex Map (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The 19,600-acre Essex Chain Lakes Complex is part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. It is comprised of the lands and waters of the Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area, the Pine Lake Primitive Area and the recently classified portions of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest. Located in the central Adirondacks, it contains the eight lakes of the Essex Chain, a number of other ponds & lakes, and the Hudson River forms its eastern boundary. The lands are mainly low lying hills.
Backcountry Information for the East 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.
The Essex Chain Lakes Complex is a paddler's paradise. You can view a sample itinerary of a day on the water and get a taste for the beauty of this site by watching this video.