at large is permitted 150' of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond
or body of water. Please, all campsites shall be restored to
its natural state and all evidence removed. "Pack it out"
Please subscribe to the "Leave-No-Trace
program. Portable gas stoves
are preferred for the environment. Those broken limbs may make
a nice fire; but they also house insects for the local aviary
population. Other common sense rules: * no
glass containers (except necessary for prescribed medicines).
* no motorized equipment, * no use of soap or detergent in any
body of water. * import of firewood into NY unless it has been
treated to kill pest * no the use of audio devices which is audible
outside the immediate area of the campsite. * dispose of food
scraps. * respect the signage for others. IAATAP maintains a full directory of
Camping, to explore nearby camping areas,
DEC regulation requires that groups of ten or more
persons camping on state land obtain a permit from a
forest ranger. DEC policy prohibits issuing group
camping permits to groups wanting to camp on forest
preserve lands in the Adirondacks that are
classified as wilderness, primitive or canoe area.
This policy was developed to protect natural
resources, the primeval character of the area and
exceptional wilderness experiences for all
recreationists, and follows Leave No Trace
practices. Except for the eastern High Peaks
Wilderness, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness and the William
C. Whitney Wilderness, where the group size is 8,
camping groups in wilderness, primitive and canoe
area lands are limited to 9 people or less.
According to the NY
Breeding Bird Atlas, 126 species are believed to breed within the
Whitney Area. One unusual site is the Round Lake
Wetlands which is home to three uncommon sedges and has an extensive
wetland region of sedge meadow, shallow marsh, red spruce-balsam fir
swamp, poor fen and boreal acid bog. Several species of boreal
birds species (spruce grouse, Wilson’s warbler Cape May warbler, bay
breasted warbler, three-toed woodpecker yellowbellied flycatcher)
have been reported as breeding the Area. A terrific area for
birding, but also please be respectful of the plant life.
Adirondacks is rich in bird life. Visit our
Directory when you have time. By the NY State's
Unit Management Plan, the following species are under study, we have
summarized their findings. Pictures and links provided by
endangered birds in the William C. Whitney
Area Wilderness are listed below. Other aviary species confined to the Adirondacks and
are undisturbed in
the Whitney Area
are: Northern Rave, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, Mourning Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, and Evening Grosbeak.
The bald eagle is currently listed as
a threatened species by the federal government and New York.
Buckhorn Mountain is believed to have been a center of eagle
activity prior to 1970, although no nest sites had been confirmed.
Bald eagles are sensitive to human disturbance; so if you are
fortunate to see one, please "Do Not Disturb".
In 1974 New York initiated a program to reintroduce
Peregrine Falcon in the state. Peregrines were successfully
hacked in the Adirondack Park with the release of the first birds in
1981. It is possible that Peregrines are utilizing the mountain
cliffs for nesting. Three basic requirements nesting
Peregrine Falcons include open country for hunting, sufficient food
resources of avian species, and steep, rocky cliff faces for
nesting. The falcons typically nest 50 to 200 feet off the ground
near bodies of water. Nesting sites for Peregrines usually include a
partially-vegetated ledge large enough for it young to move about.
The nest is a well-rounded shape that is sometimes lined with grass,
usually sheltered by an overhang. Sometimes Peregrines may nest in
old Common Raven nests. Human disturbance of a
breeding pair may result in nest abandonment! "DO NOT DISTURB"
please! Climbers, not it is illegal to climb during their
breeding season, and breeders will attack. To report a
falcon signings please contact NYSDEC Region 5, Bureau of Wildlife,
P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, New York 12977, 518-897-1291.
The Indiana Bat is an endangered
species and may reside in the Siamese Wilderness but not confirmed.
The DEC is searching existing caves throughout NY and three caves
along the borders of the Adirondacks have found indicating of
wintering Indiana bats. During spring, Indiana bats disperse from
their winter hibernacula, some traveling hundreds of miles. Females
congregate in nursery colonies, only a handful of which have ever
been discovered. Nursery colonies have been located along the banks
of streams or lakes in forested habitat, under the loose bark of
dead trees, and contained from 50-100 females. In August or early
September, Indiana bats congregate at the entrance of selected caves
or mines where mating occurs. Indiana bats spend the winter months
in secluded caves or mines which average 37 - 43 degrees F.
The American Osprey is of special
concern. Osprey breed near large bodies of water where there is
abundant fish populations. Numerous sightings are within the
Adirondack. Osprey construct their nest in tall dead tress, but also
use rocky ledges, sand dunes, artificial platforms, and utility pole
cross arms for a tall advantage point. The power company has started
to built Osprey poles because they often select power poles causing
issues when moving their youth from the endangerment of the power
The Red-shouldered Hawk is listed as
species of special concern and believed to exist in the Siamese Pond
Wilderness.. Red-shouldered hawks breed in moist hardwood, forested
wetlands, bottomlands and the wooded margins of wetlands, and
sometimes close to cultivated fields. They like cool, moist, lowland
forests with tall trees for nesting.
In the Adirondacks, the rare Spruce Grouse prefers boreal acid bog
forest with immature or uneven‐aged spruce‐fir habitat. Mosses,
lichens, and small shrubs provide nesting and foraging ground cover
in areas where the forest canopy is less dense. They earned the term
"fool hen" for their behaviors of saying hidden until only feet away
and then they go into flight.
Common Loon is a species of special concern and are located through
out the Adirondacks They use small and large freshwater lakes in
open and densely forested areas for breeding and nest on lakes
(mostly less habited lakes). The Loons will use little shallow coves
for nesting which are constructed on the ground at the water’s edge
on sand or rock, wherever to avoided predators. Small islands are
their favorite or small peninsular. They have a beautiful call -
Common Loon - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Sand Pond has been designated as important habitat for the Loon.
Please do not disturb.
Wild Species of
Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma
Spotted Salamander have two rows of yelloish orange spots that
run along the back side. They make their home in hardwood
forest area and spend most of its time below the surface, under
leaves or burrows; and use nearby ponds for breeding in the
Spring. They have poison glands around their back and
neck, to release as protection against their predators.
This toxin is harmless to humans. They are nocturnal
The wood turtle is found in well oxygenated
good quality streams with sandy-pebbly substrates that are deep
enough so that they do not freeze during hibernation Ideal
habitat includes dense alder swamp and forested wetland habitat
bordering the streams where the turtles can bask and have
protection from predators. Wood turtles forge for fungi
and vegetation. Wood turtles select both slopes and level
sandy open areas for nest sites. They are listed as species of
interest because of the long maturity rate (15 years) and high
Although Moose have become more
populated in the Adirondacks, they have not been confirmed in
the Siamese Pond Wilderness. Moose will select habitat that is
most abundant and highest quality forage. Typical patterns in
moose habitat selection during the summer include the use of
open upland and aquatic areas in early summer followed by the
use of canopy areas that provide higher quality forage in the
fall, near lakes, ponds and streams where they can forage for
plants and get relief from high temperatures in insects. After
the fall rut and into winter, moose use open areas again where
the highest woods exists.
Click photos to enlarge. Photo's by Dave Waite, follow Dave's
Writing Contributions (click
The William C. Whitney Area as been
referred to b canoeists as "The Crown Jewel".
There is an extensive and historic system of navigable lakes and
streams which are accessible by canoe or non-motorized boats.
Canoe Carry Trails, a total proposed
miles are being constructed and the designation and marking of
carry trails will keep the public on these suitable routes and
prevent numerous undesired herd paths if no facility was
Mark + 200 foot
carry trail around bridge and rapids - Rock Pond Outlet
Mark carry trail to Bum Pond after ownership
of Camp Bliss
Mark carry trail to
Shingle Shanty Brook.
Canoe Carry Trail (yellow markers)
.7 miles From the northern shoreline of Lilypad Pond to
Shingle Shanty Brook. This short carry on an existing trail will
provide the public an opportunity to access Lake Lila while
avoiding problems and navigation rights issues over the
Brandreth lease on IP lands in the vicinity of Mud Pond.
Lessees on the IP lands surrounding Round Lake
will be able to access Little Tupper Lake by boat. These
visitors will need to comply with the interim prohibitions on
use of motorized vessels in the area. The owners,
residential lessees, and non-paying personal guests of Camp
Francis and Camp on the Point will retain the right to harvest
some trout on Little Tupper Lake. Note: Prevailing
wind sometimes can kick up large waves on Little Tupper.
The owners or
residential lessees of Camp Francis and Camp on the Point and
non-paying guests will retain the right to use boats with
outboard motors of 40 horsepower or less on Little Tupper Lake.
No more than two such boats shall be allowed for each parcel.
William C. Whitney Area
has 12 ponded bodies
of water: Little Tupper Lake (avg. depth of 20' w/max 42"
and 1.400 acres),
Round Lake, Salmon Lake, Rock Pond (282 acres), Charley Pond
Lila (1,400 acres), Hardigan Pond, Bum Pond, Doctors
Pond, Louie Pond and one unnamed pond. Whitney Area has
two watersheds being: Raquette River and Black River.
Little Tupper Lake, Rock Pond and Bum Pond are the only bodies of water
to harbor a unique strain of brook trout, though smaller
(12-15"). Catch and release are in effect for brook
trout. Doctor Pond, Louis Pond and Antediluvian Pond
are not known to support trout population but consist of Creek Chub,
Pumpkinseed and White Suckers.
Private owners in the past have introduced predatory
or competing non-native fish to the area such as smallmouth bass,
northern pike, rainbow smelt, Golden Shiners and yellow perch.
Golden Shiners are non-native and can impact trout population.
There are four Black River Watersheds which are
tributary to Salmon Lake and the outlet of Hardigan Pond.
Beaver activity have made canoeing between ponds difficult.
The network of these tributaries have moved the yellow perch into Lilypad and Mud Pond, and probably Frank Pond and Harigan Pond.
Bass are part of the network now and any trout fisheries are of low
quality. Lilypad Pond harbors yellow perch, pumpkinseed,
brown bullhead, white suckers, creek chub, common shiner and golden
shiner and is dependant on migrates from Salmon Lake and Lake Lila.
Lake Lila supports smallmouth bass and lake trout.
right, photographed by D. Waite)
Canoe Carry Trails (Total proposed - 1.4 miles)
designation and marking of carry trails will keep the public on
these suitable routes and prevent numerous undesired herd paths
if no facility was provided. To enhance canoeing
opportunities the following trails will be designated and
Mark + 200 foot carry trail around bridge and rapids - Rock
Mark carry trail to Bum Pond after ownership of Camp Bliss
Mark carry trail to Shingle Shanty Brook.
Carry Trail (yellow markers)
From the northern shoreline of Lilypad Pond to Shingle Shanty
Brook. This short carry on an existing trail will provide the
public an opportunity to access Lake Lila while avoiding
problems and navigation rights issues over the Brandreth lease
on IP lands in the vicinity of Mud Pond.
Directory for more 'fishy' information.
New York Codes Rules and
Regulations (“NYCRR”) §190.8(n) authorizes the use of state
owned lands by horses and equestrians. However, the use of
horses on designated foot trails is prohibited unless the trail
is also specifically designated as a horse trail. Horse trails
in a Wilderness area to: “those that can be developed by
conversion of appropriate abandoned roads, snowmobile trails, or
state truck trails.” While Six Mountain is too steep for
equestrian travel, many of our regions are. Consult your DEC trail map. Visit our
Directory for other areas.
Mark horse trail to Little
Tupper Lake South shore Trail (yellow horse markers) - 4.0
A marked trail will be developed
starting at the Sabbatis Road parking area, continuing along
Route 10 and 10A for 1.5 miles to the trail intersection with
the Stony Pond Road. The horse trail starts along this woods
road and ends approximately four miles from the public highway
at two separate camping areas. Provide tie up rails.
Modify gate to allow easy horse access.
Horse Trail (Road-1.5 mi., trail
Past experience indicates
that while use of horses without a developed trail is possible,
rider satisfaction and safety can be sacrificed. Terrain
constraints, brush, obstacles, and other factors limit the
ability to easily ride through the woods. Horse trails are
generally not compatible with pedestrian hiking. Although horse
trails may follow foot trails for short distances, it is
preferable that they be developed as separate distinct
facilities, utilizing as much as possible areas not presently
used by the hiker to any extent. Horseback riders will
have to use a portion of road also used by automobiles before
accessing the marked trail along the south side of Little Tupper
Lake. It was decided not to have parking at the Route 10A trail
inter-section due to possible conflicts with other users wanting
to park to access the east end of the lake. Horse use is not
allowed on the Burn Road during this interim period due to
safety concerns over conflict with log trucks, and other large
motor vehicle use associated with the Frenchman’s Mine.
Horseback riders will have to use a portion of road also used by
automobiles before accessing the marked trail along the south
side of Little Tupper Lake. It was decided not to have parking
at the Route 10A trail intersection due to possible conflicts
with other users wanting to park to access the east end of the
lake. Horse use is not allowed on the Burn Road during this
interim period due to safety concerns over conflict with log
trucks, and other large motor vehicle use associated with the
Frenchman’s Mine operation
horse trail to Little Tupper Lake South Shore Trail (yellow horse
miles A marked trail will be developed starting at the Sabbatis
Road parking area, continuing along Route 10 and 10A for 1.5
miles to the trail intersection with the Stony Pond Road. The
horse trail starts along this woods road and ends approximately
four miles from the public highway at two separate camping
areas. Provide tie up rails. Modify gate to allow easy horse
pack & paddling into the region
for weeks of hunting. The heavy logging
activity has changed the character of the wildlife species
with a reduction in deer wintering areas as they have been
forced to search for cover areas. However,
white-tailed deer and black bear are the big game species
for the hunters. Other larger mammals that inhibit
this region are: beaver, river otter, fisher, coyote,
bobcat, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, pine marten, muskrat,
striped skunk, porcupine, and snowshoe hare. The
smaller mammals include short-tailed and long-tailed weasel,
mink, eastern chipmunk, red squirrel and gray squirrel.
not permitted in the Little Tupper Lake (Whitney)
backcountry acreage is enormous and the Adirondacks has the largest
trail system in the nation with more than 2,000 miles. Enjoy
the glory of hiking the Adirondacks, nature's solitude, unbroken
forest, lakes and mountains and take the path less taken.
for the DEC "Lost in the Woods" brochure. Focus on your senses. Visit our
Adirondack Hiking Guide.
The DEC trail classification system is outlined in
the Forest Preserve Policy Manual. This classification system
recognizes four trail classifications as outlined below:
Distinguishable: Minimal biological or physical impacts,
slight loss of vegetation and/or minimal disturbance of
Impacts: Tail obvious, slight loss of vegetation cover
and/or organic litter pulverized in primary use areas,
muddy spots or tree roots, or water action evident.
Impacts: Vegetation cover and/or organic littler
pulverized within the center of the tread, exposed rocks
and trees or small mud holes, but little evidence of
widening beyond the maintained width of the trail.
Impacts: Near complete or total loss of vegetation cover
and organic litter, rocks or tree roots exposed and
roots damaged, or ruts more than 20cm (7.8 inches) deep,
or widening caused by muddy areas or water action
Extensive Impacts: Trail to bedrock or other substrate,
or tree roots badly damaged, or some ruts more than 50
cm (19.5 inches) deep or large areas (over 50%) of bank
erosion, or mud holes so extensive that the trail is
outside of its maintained width.
Most trails are
marked with color coded disks affixed to trees
as shown (see left). Trail guides and maps
correspond to these markers. Trail register
boxes are generally located near major access
points and parking areas. Although most
state-maintained trails are marked, hikers are
encouraged to consult topographical maps or
other guides when planning to venture into the
The Whitney Areas is accessible
with 4 miles of public roads (County Routes 10/Sabattis
Road and 10A/Circle Road) with an extensive
network of wood roads internally with foot
entry. Waterway access from Little Tupper
Lake and waterways such as Shingle Shanty Brook
and Rock Pond Outlet area available. Severe wind damaged happened in 1995 and has effected
Hardigan and Bum Ponds, as well as some areas near Little Tupper
Lake. Use caution.
One unusual site is the Round Lake Wetlands which is
home to three uncommon sedges and has an extensive wetland region of
sedge meadow, shallow marsh, red spruce-balsam fir swamp, poor fen
and boreal acid bog. A terrific area for birding, but
also please be respectful of the plant life. Other Natural
Features include sand beaches and islands on Little Tupper Lake,
waterfalls of Tourey Falls, and Antediluvian Mountain provides a
good view point of the interior and adjoining areas. The
ponds are quite picturesque.
trail to Rock Pond - Rock Pond
Trail (blue markers) - 2.8 miles
on the Burn Road approximately 5.7 miles
trail to Lillypad/Little Salmon Lake: Lilypad Pond Trail (red
markers) - 8.2 miles
begins at the Burn Road parking area on the Sabattis Road. The trail
proceeds in a westerly direction and ends at Lilypad Pond.
trail to Hardigan Pond Hardigan Pond Trail (yellow markers) - 1.5
trail begins on the Rock Pond trail approximately .5 miles south of
Frenchman’s Mine. The trail proceeds southwesterly eventually
turning onto an old railroad grade just before Hardigan Pond.
Camp Bliss Trail (yellow
markers) -1.0 miles
on the Burn Road approximately 4.7 miles west of the Sabattis Road.
The trail proceeds in a southeasterly direction passing by the
eastern edge of Bum Pond and eventually reaching Little Tupper Lake.
Your pet dog also enjoy a nice day
hike, but do remember to pick up after them, and an encountered with
a dog off lease can result in a lawsuit and fines. Dogs may
not be left unattended, and must have proof of a valid rabies
inoculation. Hunting dogs (with license number) are except
from the lease rules during hunting season.
Follow those have gone before:
Motorized Equipment in Wilderness, Primitive and Canoe Areas:
DEC has adopted a regulation prohibiting the use of motorized
equipment in lands classified as wilderness, primitive or canoe.
Public use of small personal electronic or mechanical devices such
as cameras, radios or GPS receivers are not affected by this new
Bicycles are profited
in the Whitney Wilderness area; but bicycles can be ridden on
Sabattis Route (Country Route 10) to the old train station site and
also along Lake Lila Road to the parking lot)
Skiing & Snowshoeing
Cross country skiing
and snowshoeing are allowed on ALL trails in the Whitney Wilderness.
However, please be prepared. Click
for the DEC "Lost in the Woods" brochure.
The Whitney area includes approximately 20 miles of
packed gravel roads. The roads are marked with foot or
horse trail markers, and leads to several interior waters (the
largest being 281 acre Rock Pond. These roads are closed to
motorize vehicles, but well suited for mobility impaired for use of
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