Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Moose River Plains Camping Corridor & Little Moose Wilderness
- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- General Information: DEC Region 5 Northville Office: 518-863-4545 (M-F, 7:30AM to 3:30PM); [email protected]
- Search, rescue, wildfire, and enforcement matters: 911 or 1-833-NYS-RANGERS (1-833-697-7264)
A local Forest Ranger is a valuable source of information for the state land you would like to visit.
- Location: Towns of Webb and Ohio, Herkimer County; Towns of Arietta, Inlet, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant and Morehouse, Hamilton County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 5H & 6J
- Maps: Moose River Plains Wild Forest North (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Moose River Plains Wild Forest South (GeoPDF) || Little Moose Wilderness (GeoPDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The 79,487-acre Moose River Plains Complex is part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve and includes the 64,322-acre Moose River Plains Wild Forest, the 2,907-acre Moose River Plains Camping Corridor and the 12,258-acre Little Moose Wilderness.
The Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road (a.k.a. the Moose River Plains Road) is a seasonal access road which extends 23 miles through the Moose River Plains from the Limekiln Gate in the west (near the community of Inlet) to the Wakely Dam Gate at the end of the Cedar River Road in the east (near the community of Indian Lake). The road serves as the main access to the lands and waters of this Complex and the intensive use Camping Corridor. The road is a primary snowmobile route in winter.
The area contains low‐lying river valleys, hills and low mountains and a couple of 3,500-foot high mountain summits - Little Moose Mountain and Manbury Mountain in the Little Moose Wilderness. The lands are a transitional zone between the high mountain country to the east and north and the foothills to the west and south.
More than 65 ponds and lakes border or are located within the unit, totaling approximately 3,500 acres. About 100 miles of brooks, streams and rivers drain into three major watersheds - the Raquette River, the Hudson River and the South Branch Moose River. Sections of the South Branch Moose River, Otter Brook, Red River and Cedar River are designated scenic rivers.
The area features more than 100 primitive roadside campsites, miles of marked trails and numerous lakes and ponds. The Moose River Plains are an ideal destination for visitors with varied interests and abilities.