- 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: Town of Ohio in Herkimer County and Towns of Arietta, Indian Lake, Lake Pleasant, and Morehouse, Hamilton County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 5H
- Map: West Canada Lake Wilderness Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The 168,920-acre West Canada Lake Wilderness is the second largest wilderness in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Although many foot trails penetrate the interior, parts are trackless, making it one of the more remote areas in the Adirondack Park.
The 2,935-acre West Canada Mountain Primitive Area (WCMPA) is the largest of the three primitive areas associated with the wilderness. It is surrounded by private lands on the north, east and west. The southern boundary is the access road to the Miller Camp south of the Indian River.
The unit's terrain ranges from swamp flats and rolling hills to steep rugged mountains. The topography is gently rolling from west to east and rises from south to north. Most of the mountains are of moderate height (2,000 - 3,000 feet elevation), easily identifiable and named. The most outstanding topographic features include: Panther Mountain, T Lake Mountain, Fort Noble Mountain, Indian Lake Mountain, Lewey Mountain, and West Canada Mountain.
The area contains a large number of streams, lakes, ponds, beaver flows and wetlands. Water is an important component of the natural ecosystem and provides a wide range of aquatic environments. Many of the waters are remote and not easily accessed. However, they provide great habitat for brook trout and other aquatic and semi-aquatic animals and add greatly to the scenic beauty of the area.
Backcountry Information for the West Central 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.