- 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 Arietta, Lake Pleasant and Wells, Hamilton County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 5H
- Map: Perkins Clearing - Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The 36,000-acre Perkins Clearing and Speculator Tree Farm Tracts are part of the conservation easement lands of the Adirondacks and is currently owned by Lyme Adirondack Timberlands. Located north and west of the village of Speculator, the 14,330-acre Perkins Clearing Tract is west of State Route 30 and the 21,650-acre Speculator Tree Farm Tract is east of State Route 30.
The easement lands are mainly a mix of flatlands, low hills, and a few mountains. The Jessup River, Miami River, Kunjamuk River and Sacandaga River offer outstanding opportunities for water-based recreation.
A system of dirt roads provides public motor vehicle access to the easement lands and adjacent forest preserve lands. Some of these roads are rough and only high four-wheel drive trucks and other high clearance vehicles use those roads or section of roads identified on the map. Many roads on these lands are not open for public motor vehicle access. Please stay on designated roads when traveling by motor vehicle.
The easement lands are privately owned and logged. Expect to see logging trucks, skidders, and other logging activity. Certain access roads may be closed when logging operations are active.
There are currently more than 100 leased camps scattered throughout the Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Lands. The public is prohibited from entering the camps and one-acre of land around the camp. Please respect the rights of the landowner and their lessees.
Alerts: Trail Information for the Central and Southern 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.