Including Raquette River Wild Forest, Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area, Dead Creek Primitive Area, White Hill Wild Forest and the Five Mile, Kildare, Preston Lot, Goldmine, Hollywood Mountain, Hungry Bay, Peaked Hill, Dead Creek and Stark Conservation Easement Tracts
- Open for recreation: Year-round for most properties, May 1st thru September 30th for Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract in designated recreational areas only - Please respect posted signs.
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Towns of Colton, Hopkinton, Parishville, and Piercefield in St. Lawrence County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6F & 6J
- Map: Raquette Boreal Complex Map (GeoPDF) || Raquette Boreal Complex North Map (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Goldmine CE Tract (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The Raquette Boreal Complex includes nearly 25,000 acres of Adirondack Forest Preserve and 42,400 acres of conservation easement lands located in the northern portion of the Adirondack Park. The complex is located north of State Route 3 and east of State Route 56 and is comprised of the following units:
- Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area (11,936 acres)
- Dead Creek Primitive Area (1,135 acres)
- Raquette River Wild Forest (3,057 acres)
- White Hill Wild Forest (9,931 acres)
- Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract (18,475 acres) - Owned by Woodwise Land Company, LLC
- Kildare Conservation Easement Tract (12,250 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
- Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract (1,246 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
- Goldmine Conservation Easement Tract (2,215 acres) - Owned by Park Forestry LLC
- Hollywood Conservation Easement Tract (1,057 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
- Hungry Bay Conservation Easement Tract (103 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
- Peaked Hill Conservation Easement Tract (1,556 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
- Stark Conservation Easement Tract (32 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
- Dead Creek Conservation Easement Tract (2,200 acres) - Owned by The Molpus Woodlands Group
These lands are defined by the flat to gently sloping terrain and the many waterways that traverse them. Wetlands in the area provide expanses of open space that make a visual contrast to the heavily forested setting. Much of the beautiful scenery of the complex can be seen along the waterways.
The Raquette River from the confluence of Dead Creek to Carry Falls Reservoir (13.8 miles), and the Jordan River from the outlet of Marsh Pond to Carry Falls Reservoir (18 miles) are designated Scenic Rivers under the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act.
Both the Raquette River Wild Forest and the Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area contain low elevation boreal forests, an uncommon forest community characterized by coniferous trees consisting mostly of pines, spruces and larches.
Public access to these lands is primarily from State Route 56 and Route 3. The main access to the majority of the complex's Forest Preserve lands and neighboring conservation easement lands is by boat via Carry Falls Reservoir and the boat launches on it shores.
The Dead Creek Primitive Area features a secluded 3-mile paddling route from State Route 3 south to the headwaters of Dead Creek.
The White Hill Wild Forest offers many recreational opportunities, including hiking, hunting, trapping and fishing. Several snowmobile trails also pass through the area and link to a larger network of trails. The publicly owned land also has five beautiful wild and remote ponds - Clear Pond, Rock Pond, Little Rock Pond, Long Pond and Lilypad Pond. These ponds have been described as among the quietest waters in the entire Adirondack Park.
Goldmine Conservation Easement Tract allows public motor vehicle access on the main haul roads. Public access rights also allow for hunting, fishing and trapping, snowmobile and ATV use on all designated and signed roads, and other non-motorized activities.
Hungry Bay Conservation Easement Tract, Stark Conservation Easement Tract, Peaked Hill Conservation Easement Tract, Dead Creek Conservation Easement Tract and Hollywood Mountain Conservation Easement Tract have public access rights for hiking, hunting, and other non-motorized recreational activities.
Goldmine and Hungry Bay Conservation Easement Tracts can be accessed from White Hill (Stark) Road.
Stark Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from Stark Road.
Peaked Hill Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from Raquette River Road.
Hollywood Mountain Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from State Route 56.
Dead Creek Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from the Carriage Road and the Conifer Road.
The Kildare Conservation Easement Tract and the Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract also have public access rights for hiking, fishing, hunting, trapping, paddling and other non-motorized recreational activities. Public access to the Kildare Tract currently requires traversing the Carry Falls reservoir by boat. The Jordan River can be accessed via a canoe carry on the reservoirs east shore.
Preston Lot Conservation Easement Tract can be accessed from Round Pond Road, a seasonal access road off East Hill Road in Parishville.
Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract
Public recreation on the Five Mile Conservation Easement Tract is only permitted between May 1st and September 30th and is restricted to the following:
- Main Haul Road
- Motor vehicles and other non-motorized recreation.
- NOTE: Public ATV use is prohibited but lessees may use ATVs
- West Branch St. Regis River (except in the Saunders Camp and Main Camp exclusion areas)
- Paddling (must use portage trails around exclusion areas)
- Lands between the road and the river (except in the Cooperage Camp, Saunders Camp, and Main Camp exclusion areas)
- Between May 1 and September 30
- Non-motorized activities only
- Public hunting and trapping are prohibited
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.