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NEW
News Updated:
5/26/2016
  • Recreation Passes EXPIRE 31 December! Recreation Passes can be renewed by clicking on the Get Recreation Access Pass on the navigation bar on the upper left. Fort Drum Recreation Passes are still FREE!
  • Fort Drum Regulation 420-3 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Camping (updated 30 Apr 2015) is available for the 2015-2016 season.
  • Fort Drum Regulation 190-6 Control of Privately-Owned Firearms (updated 30 Sep 2013) is available. New Gate Access Policies went into effect January 15, 2015. See the new procedures to register a firearm if you do not have a military i.d. 
  • See Fort Drum deer photos for the 2014 season. 
  • NEW The Natural Resources Permit Office and kiosk for Recreation Maps and brochures has moved to Bldg. S-2507--the first building you come to when entering from Rte. 26.
  • Wildlife Viewing Report -- updated May 2.   
  • Brook and Brown Trout stocked April 19! Rainbow Trout stocked May 4!
  • NEW Results from the 20th Annual Youth Fishing Derby at Remington Park held on Saturday, May 20, 2016.
  • NEW We are starting our second field season researching survivorship of deer fawns in Fort Drum’s Cantonment Area.  The first fawns of the year were born last week. It is important that you do not try to touch or approach the fawns. Please let us know the location of the fawns. A radio-collar and ear tags will be placed on the fawns so they can be tracked over time to gather information on their movements and whether they survive, or determine what caused their death. All fawns are released unharmed.

    If you see a fawn, please notify Cornell University immediately (24 hours a day) at 414-315-2588. If you see an adult deer with ear tags, please visit the project website at www.fortdrumdeer.org to enter information on the tag number and location. Anyone with trail camera images of tagged or collared deer/fawns also upload them on the website.  New content will be added to the website throughout the spring including information for volunteering on the project. You can also visit the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FortDrumDeer/) to see more photos.

UPCOMING EVENTS  
  • Youth Fishing Derby at Remington Park on Saturday, May 21 from 12:00 - 3:45 pm. Registration begins 11:45.
  • Fort Drum Birding Trip on Saturday, May 28. Must pre-register with Jeff Bolsinger (Jeffrey.S.Bolsinger2.civ@mail.mil or call 772-6187).
  • Mountain Mudder at Fort Drum on Thursday, June 9.
  • Outdoor Adventure Day at Fort Drum on Saturday, August 20 from 10:00-4:00 pm. A free family friendly event for all ages featuring demonstrations and hands-on activities.

REQUIREMENTS

SEASONS   

Fort Drum is a U.S. Army installation in northern New York State. Fort Drum is over 107,000 acres in size and located in the northeastern corner of Jefferson County and the northwestern corner of Lewis County; St. Lawrence County borders Fort Drum to the north. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles from Canada, 6 miles east of Interstate 81, and 10 miles northeast of the City of Watertown which is the largest U.S. city within a 50 mile radius.
Fort Drum is the largest Fish & Wildlife Management Act (FWMA) Cooperator Area in New York State. Fort Drum signed the original agreement in 1959 to provide additional outdoor recreational opportunities to the public. Approximately 70,000 acres are open to everyone (including the public) for recreation. Fort Drum has 3 lakes and 4 ponds totaling 506 acres that are commonly fished—Indian Lake (184 acres) is the largest lake on the installation.newsletter is published twice a year and provides natural resources information as it relates to recreational opportunities and fish and wildlife management activities on the installation. In 2008, the Fish & Wildlife Management Program was featured in an article titled Military Posts: Where Guns, Wildlife Coexist.

Besides permanently prohibited areas, the only restricted access and activity on Fort Drum is hunting in the Cantonment Area and Training Areas 5E and 6C. Approximately one-third of the 8,000 acre Cantonment Area is open for archery hunting only by persons with Department of Defense identification. Training Areas 5E and 6C are open for disabled access hunting only. None of these areas are open for trapping, although fishing and other recreational activities are allowed in the Cantonment Area to anyone including the public.

The area surrounding Fort Drum is generally rural with small concentrations of residential, commercial, and industrial areas mainly within villages. Although there are few federal lands near Fort Drum, state lands are numerous including state forests, forest preserves, wildlife management areas, and state parks. The majority of protected land is large forested tracts (primarily state forests, wilderness areas, wild forests, and primitive areas) located in Adirondack Park which is only 5 miles from Training Area 19 in the northeastern part of Fort Drum. State forest lands border some areas of Fort Drum. The nearest state wildlife area is Perch River Wildlife Management Area (7800 ac) approximately 5 miles to the northwest of the Cantonment Area of Fort Drum.

The natural beauty of the region along with world renowned fishing, boating, and winter recreation opportunities has made tourism a substantial part of the regional economy. This includes the Thousand Islands region along the St. Lawrence River approximately 20 miles to the north of Fort Drum, Lake Ontario approximately 16 miles to the west, and Adirondack Park to the east. The Black River running past Fort Drum and through Watertown is nationally known for kayaking. Fort Drum attracts hunters throughout the eastern U.S. See the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site for a guide to outdoor activities in New York State.

Fort Drum is home of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). It is also the largest installation in the northeastern U.S. and serves as a training facility for Reserve and National Guard units in the region. The initial acquisition of land for Fort Drum occurred in 1909 and the most significant acreage—75,000 acres—was acquired in 1940. Fort Drum is an active military installation and recreational use is secondary to the military mission.

To ensure sound natural resources management, an Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) was developed and first implemented in 2001. The INRMP was prepared in partnership and signatory cooperation with NYSDEC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), representing the state and federal Sikes Act agencies, respectively. The INRMP and its implementation helps ensure: (1) the sustainability of quality training lands to accomplish the military mission; (2) compliance with environmental laws and regulations; (3) good stewardship of public lands; and (4) enhancement of quality of life on and around Fort Drum. Fort Drum has a staff of natural resources professionals committed to supporting these goals. See the Fort Drum web site to learn more about natural resources management on the installation including fish and wildlife, forestry, and wetlands.