- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Town of Russell, St. Lawrence County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6C
- Map: Whippoorwill Corners State Forest Map (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
Whippoorwill Corners State Forest covers 1,281 acres. The topography is variable with upland areas supporting a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods in seasonal flooded areas. Beautiful Plumb Brook flows through the center of this state forest. It provides many scenic waterfalls, pools, and riffle areas which provide good fishing for brown trout, which is stocked each year.
Whippoorwill Corners is said to have gotten its name from the many whip-poor-wills that sang in the trees during summertime. Whip-poor-wills are birds which require early successional forests and shrublands for breeding and foraging. These habitats have decreased as old agricultural land has developed into more mature forest. Whip-poor-wills have declined in population but they are still present in many areas. They are now listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New York State.