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DISABLED ACCESS OPPORTUNITIES

Accessible recreational opportunities are available on Fort Drum and New York State.

See the NYSDEC web site for more information about accessible recreation opportunities in New York State including fishing, boating, trails, and camping.

Hunting

Fort Drum offers some accessible hunting accommodations for persons possessing a New York State Non-Ambulatory Hunter Permit; persons with severe permanent disabilities eligible for a New York State Parking Permit or license plate; and/or persons with a life-threatening illness participating through a non-profit organization. Hunters that desire accessible accommodations must contact Fort Drum's Fish & Wildlife Management Program (315-772-9636 or Raymond.E.Rainbolt.civ@mail.mil) to provide appropriate paperwork and be added to a roster.  

Disabled Access Hunting Opportunities on Fort Drum

Hunters eligible for accessible accommodations may hunt from an ATV or POV parked in a sub-training area open to recreational use for that day.  Vehicles that are hunted from must be parked off designated recreational roads (reference Fort Drum Recreational Use Map) in such a manner as to not obstruct traffic (i.e., all four wheels off the road), but within 50 feet and visible from the road.  ATVs must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer and must be used in accordance with FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 6(j). The transport of weapons must be in accordance with FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 7(d); weapons on ATVs must be in a scabbard. The engine of the vehicle must be turned off while hunting, and before the weapon is uncased.  Hunting from vehicles must be in accordance with the New York State regulations.

Archery/crossbow hunters must possess a valid New York State Handicapped Archer Permit or Modified Crossbow Permit to use modified bows per New York State regulations. 

Hunters eligible for accessible accommodations may hunt from an ATV on any trail/road not designated as a recreational road in Training Areas 6A, 7E, 7F, and 7G  open to recreational use for that day.  Hunting from vehicles must be in accordance with the New York State regulations and the following:
     (1) ATVs must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer which must be parked off designated recreational roads (reference Appendix B, Fort Drum Recreational Use Map) in such a manner as to not obstruct traffic and only next to or within the sub-training area open to recreational use for that day. 
     (2) ATVs must be used in accordance with paragraph 6(j). The engine of the vehicle must be turned off while hunting, and before the weapon is uncased.
     (3) The transport of weapons must be in accordance with paragraph 7(d); weapons on ATVs must be in a scabbard. 
     (4) One other person may assist and also ride an ATV in accordance with paragraph 6(j), but they may not possess a weapon.  Persons assisting must also have a NYSDEC hunting license and Fort Drum Recreation Access Pass.

Six sites have been designated for accessible hunting in Training Areas 6C and 5E which are otherwise off-limits for recreational opportunities. Hunting is allowed for any game during its respective season at these sites.  Only those persons on the roster will be allowed at these sites. Sites are reserved on the day or day before hunting by calling Range Branch (Bldg. P-4855) at 315-772-7152. You will be asked your name, Fort Drum Recreation Permit number, and the names of other persons assisting. Other persons can assist in hunting, but they may not possess a weapon. Persons assisting must have a NYS hunting license and Fort Drum Recreation Permit.

Each site is designated with a post and sign labeled as a "center point." Hunting is allowed within a given distance from that center point. Directions, a description and photos of each site are available in the Disabled Access Hunting on Fort Drum brochure (updated 26 Aug 2015).

A waterfowl hunting opportunity on Fort Drum with accessible blinds is located on the peninsula at Matoon Creek Marsh off of Matoon Creek Road in Training Area 17B. See the Special Waterfowl Hunting Areas page for more information. 

Disabled Access Hunting Opportunities in the Region

The Rodman Landfill in Wildlife Management Unit 6K is a new hunting opportunity for persons possessing a New York State Non-Ambulatory Hunter Permit and/or Soldiers assigned to a Warrior in Transition Unit. The Rodman Landfill is located on NYS Rte. 177 in the Town of Rodman approximately 20 miles south of Fort Drum. See the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) web site for more information and to download an application.  
 
 Fishing

Disabled Access Fishing Opportunities on Fort Drum

There is one disabled fishing access opportunity at Remington Pond in Fort Drum's Cantonment Area. An accessible path and floating pier is on the east side of the pond near the playground and Cranberry Lake Pavilion.

Disabled Access Fishing Opportunities in the Region

See the NYSDEC web site for a list of fishing access sites listed by county for anglers with disabilities.

See the NYSDEC web site for a list of accessible boat launches throughout the NYS.

Camping

Disabled Access Camping Opportunities in the Region

See the NYS Camping Guide for accessible facilities which are noted in each region throughout the guide.

An entire campground that is fully accessible is 
John Dillon Park near Tupper Lake, NY--approximately 100 miles from Fort Drum.