- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Town of Altona, Clinton County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 5C
- Map: Lewis Preserve WMA Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The primary purposes of Lewis Preserve Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 1,356 acre parcel. In 1987, with great generosity and foresight, Dr. and Mrs. Revis Lewis made a gift of land to the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. Following an intensive ecological evaluation and with the approval of Dr. Lewis, the Adirondack Nature Conservancy donated the property to New York State as a Wildlife Management Area. The Lewis Preserve WMA offers a unique mix of abandoned farm fields and second growth forest. The area is located east of the Alder Bend Road between Terrien Road on the north and Jerusalem Road on the south.
The entire area is upland, except for limited wet areas and beaver flows along several brooks. There are several open fields along Jerusalem Road on the south boundary, and several more at the north end. The southern portion of the area, except for the fields, is predominantly second growth forest with aspen, birch, spruce, and balsam fir. There are a few northern hardwood areas of yellow birch, hard maple, white ash, and beech with some soft maple, hemlock, and white cedar along moist stream corridors. The north portion, except for the stream corridors, is overgrown pasture land dominated by aspen, white birch, and apple trees. Stone fences are noticeable throughout the woods.