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OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Other recreational activities in the Training Area which include boating and canoeing; hiking; biking; horseback riding; cross country skiing; ATV riding; snowmobiling; target shooting; harvesting fruit, mushrooms, ramps/leeks, asparagus, fiddleheads, dandelions, and/or rhubarb; picnicking; geocaching; and dog walking or training follows normal check-in procedures.

Boating / Canoeing / Kayaking

The primary waterbodies on Fort Drum include Indian and Narrow Lakes, Remington Pond, Quarry Pond, Conservation Pond, Indian Pond, Indian River, and Black Creek. A brochure entitled Fishing Fort Drum highlights these areas.    
 
For canoeing and kayaking sites near Fort Drum, see the following web sites:

  • Canoeing on the Black River from Herkimer County to Lake Ontario (including Fort Drum).
  • Canoeing on the Indian River in Lewis and Jefferson counties (including Fort Drum) and St. Lawrence County.
  • Canoeing on the Grass River in St. Lawrence Co. approximately 43 miles northeast of Fort Drum. 
  • Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling trail connecting from the Adirondacks in New York to through Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Hiking & Biking

There are no designated hiking or biking trails in Fort Drum's Training Area although hiking and biking are allowed in any training areas that are open for recreational use. There are some hiking trails in Fort Drum's Cantonment Area.

For hiking and biking trails near Fort Drum, see the following web sites:

ATVs and Snowmobiles

The use of snowmobiles, trail bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or other motorized vehicles for recreational purposes are generally prohibited. The only exceptionsa re the following:

  • Snowmobiles for recreational riding in Training Areas 7E, 7F, and 7G ONLY. Snowmobiles must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer.
  • ATVs for recreational riding on designated recreational roads around Training Areas 7E, 7F, and 7G ONLY. ATVs must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer. No riding, parking, or off-loading is permitted on State Hwy. 3A.
  • ATVs and snowmobiles for Fort Drum approved trapping activities. ATVs and snowmobiles must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer, but they can be operated on roads and trails while following a trap line.
  • ATVs and snowmobiles for ice fishing activities on Mud Lake, Indian Pond, and Indian and Narrow Lakes ONLY. ATVs and snowmobiles must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer. Access to these water bodies must be in the most direct route possible from the parked vehicle to the water body.
  • ATVS on trails and roads not designated as recreational roads for the purpose of recovering lawfully taken big game. ATVs must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer. Range Branch must be contacted (772-7152) for approval BEFORE access on a non-recreational trail or road can occur.   No weapon can be carried on an ATV.

ATV use on Fort Drum must be in accordance with paragraph 6(j) of Fort Drum Regulation 420-3 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Camping (updated 1 May 2016) .

To learn more about snowmobiling in New York State, see the NYSDEC web site. 

A guide for the use of ATVs in Lewis County in the Adirondacks and Tug Hill is also available.

To learn about other opportunities in New York State, a listing of private clubs is available from the New York State Off-Highway Recreation Vehicle Association and the New York State Snowmobile Association.

Fort Drum MWR offers ATV Safety Classes every week during the summer.

Target Shooting 

Target shooting with firearms anywhere on Fort Drum is prohibited, except on designated ranges with prior approval from Fort Drum officials.

Target shooting with a bow or crossbow is allowed in the Training Area at any time or in the Cantonment Area on designated ranges or in Cantonment Hunting Areas 53 and 54 outside of the big game hunting season.

Fort Drum MWR offers various shooting ranges on Fort Drum and a Skeet & Trap Range. To find other areas to shoot, see the National Shooting Sports Foundation web site.

Swimming & SCUBA Diving

Swimming is perwmitted at Remington Park in accordance with the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Swimming in any body of water in the Training Area that is not otherwise restricted is allowed, but done so at your own risk. SCUBA diving is prohibited in all open bodies of water within Fort Drum.

Dog Training & Walking

Dog training is allowed on Fort Drum during the day-time only and in accordance with NYSDEC regulations. Dogs must remain under the control of the owner/handler at all times. Dog owners/handlers should be aware of the danger of concertina wire in the Training Area. Fort Drum is not responsible for any injuries sustained by the dog while on Fort Drum.

Harvesting Fruit, Mushrooms, Ramps/Leeks, Asparagus, Fiddleheads, Dandelions & Rhubarb

Harvesting fruit, mushrooms, ramps/leeks, asparagus, fiddleheads, dandelions, and/or rhubarb is allowed for personal use only and not for commercial purposes.

In general, digging on Fort Drum is prohibited, but minor digging for the purpose of removing mushrooms and/or ramps/leeks is permitted. Cutting, digging up, removing, or defacing trees and other vegetation is also prohibited except for fruit, mushrooms, ramps/leeks, asparagus, fiddleheads, dandelions, or rhubarb.

Firewood Cutting

Woodcutting is not considered a recreational activity. Forest product permits are available at Building T-4848 during normal business hours. No person may possess a firearm, bow or other hunting implement while engaged in wood cutting practices.

To learn more about woodcutting permits, see the Forest Management Program web site and Fort Drum Regulation 420-6 Forest Products.