Including Grass River Wild Forest and the Cranberry Forest, Grass River, Long Pond, Seveys, Silver Lake and Tooley Pond Conservation Easement Tracts
- Open for Recreation: Year-round, except for the Grass River Conservation Easement Tract which is closed to the public annually from October 1 through December 15.
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Towns of Clare, Clifton, Colton and Fine, St. Lawrence County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6C, 6F and 6J
- Map: Grass River Complex (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Long Pond Conservation Easement (PDF) || Tooley Pond Conservation Easement Tract (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
- Grass River Wild Forest (14,000 acres)
- Cranberry Forest Conservation Easement Tract (7,047 acres)
- Grass River Conservation Easement Tract (51,950 acres)
- Tooley Pond Conservation Easement Tract (23,950 acres)
- Long Pond Conservation Easement Tract (18,950 acres)
- Silver Lake Conservation Easement Tract (400 acres)
- Seveys Conservation Easement Tract (11,750 acres)
Several rivers, streams, lakes and ponds are located in the Complex providing plenty of opportunity for paddling, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, and waterfowl hunting. Lampson Falls and other waterfalls along the Grass River and its tributaries are popular scenic areas.
The forests of the complex provide opportunities for other outdoor recreation activities such as camping, hiking, and hunting. In the winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular activities.
Grass River Wild Forest is comprised of several separate Forest Preserve parcels located west of State Route 56 and mostly north of State Route 3. The largest is the 6,000-acre Tooley Pond parcel which includes the popular Tooley Pond and nearly 20 miles of the South Branch Grass River. Other large parcels include the 2,100-acre Stone Dam parcel, the 2,200-acre Leonard Pond parcel, the 1,900-acre Church Pond parcel, and the 1,300 acre Lampson Falls parcel. The remaining parcels contain 100 acres or less. The lands and waters on the Wild Forest are open for public use year-round.
Conservation easement lands make up nearly 90% of the total acreage of the complex. A conservation easement is an agreement with the private landowner that can allow restricted or non-restricted public access and protects open space by limiting development. The private landowner may retain the right to manage the property for purposes such as leasing camps and lands to private individuals and sustainable timber production. Logging trucks, skidders, and other logging equipment may be present during logging operations. Specific lands and roads may be closed to public access during logging operations.
Cranberry Forest Conservation Easement Tract is closed to the public annually from the Wednesday after Labor Day through December 15th, except for the Dillon Pond Area and the public access corridors used to reach the Forest Preserve parcel.
Grass River Conservation Easement Tract is closed to the public annually from October 1 through December 15.
Tooley Pond Conservation Easement Tract provides fishing opportunities on several ponds and streams plus roads and trails for a variety of non-motorized activities.
Long Pond Conservation Easement Tract includes campsites, ponds and streams open to fishing, and a 9 miles of seasonal access roads open to public motor vehicles. There are approximately 32 miles of roads and trails open to ATV use. The road accessing the tract from State Route 56 is on a right-of-way through privately owned lands. Area Parking in the clearing near Route 56 or access to any of the lands adjacent to the access road is prohibited.
St. Lawrence County has proposed a 120-mile multi-use trail system, part of which traverses the Grass River, Long Pond and Tooley Pond Conservation Easement Tracts. This trail system allows ATV use from approximately May 15th to September 15th on the signed Multi-Use Trail only.
Public use on the Seveys Conservation Easement Tract is limited to use of the hand launch on the Raquette River at Moody Falls and designated snowmobile trails.
Public use on the Silver Lake Conservation Easement Tract is limited to the designated snowmobile trail.
Additional rules and restrictions are provided in Specific Rules.
Backcountry Information for the Northwestern 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.