- NEW We have a new web site! Things are going to function a little differently. Check out the New Web Site Info page on the navigation bar at the top explaining some of the changes and how to set up an account, renew a recreation pass, or check-in and check-out.
- NEW Everyone will have to get a new pass with a six-digit permit number--see the navigation bar at the top and click on "First Time Permit."
- NEW (as of 08 Sep) Everyone will have to check into a specific area(s). Due to the number of incidences of recreationists entering closed areas and for a general safety procedure, all recreationists are required to check-in to an open subtraining area. You have the option to check-in to three areas at a time. If you are recreating only along a road (e.g., birdwatching from the road, going for a drive, etc.) and not entering a subtraining area, there is the option of "Road Recreation."
- NEW You can see what training areas are open by looking at the interactive map and you can check-in and check-out from your smart phone or computer.
- NEW We have a new Sportsman's Hotline number: you can call 1-855-267-9770 to check-in and check-out. However, be advised the new system is designed to be used with a computer or smart phone which works better than a regular phone.
- Fort Drum Recreation Passes are still FREE!
- Currently, Forest Products Permits (i.e. Firewood Permits) are unavailable for purchase on-line. Please call the Fort Drum Forestry Program (315-772-6767) to purchase a firewood permit. For more information about Forest Product Permits go to the Forest Products Permits/Firewood Permits tab on the navaigation bar at the top of the page.
NEW (as of 18 Sep), the iSportsman system is experiencing problems with Internet Explorer web browsers. If you are having difficulty printing a permit or other funection, try a different web browser (e.g., Firefox) and see if the problems persists.
- NEW (as of 17 Sep) Forecast for Access to the Training Area during the 2018 hunting season: There should be ample opportunties to access the Training Aea throughout most of the hunting season until after Thanksgiving. The entire Training Area will be closed for recreation approximately 26 Nov - 07 Dec for military training exercises.
- NEW (as of 18 Sep) Firearms in the Training Area no longer need to be registered. A new Fort Drum Regulation 190-6 Control of Privately-Owned Firearms has just been signed (updated 18 Sep 2018).
- NEW Archery qualifications will begin September 4.
- NEW Explanation of lottery selection for Cantonment Area Hunting.
- NEW Waterfowl lottery dates are available.
- Fort Drum Regulation 420-3 Hunting, Fishing, & Other Outdoor Recreation (Unofficial Version updated 9 Aug 2018) is available for the 2018-2019 season.
- The Natural Resources Outreach Facility and kiosk for Recreation Maps and brochures has returned to the front of Bldg. S-2507 off of Rte. 26 across from the Army Reserve Center (between Great Bend and Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield).
- 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.
- Trail Camera Photos STILL NEEDED of tagged deer (updated 2 Nov 2017)
- NEW Wildlife Viewing Report - August 28, 2018.
- Archery Qualification for hunting in the Cantonment Area on Tuesday, September 18 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm near Bldg. S2507/2509.
- Requests for lottery hunting areas in the Cantonment Area are due by 6:00 am on Wednesday, September 19 for the first hunting period (Sep 27 - Oct 02).
- Archery Qualification for hunting in the Cantonment Area on Thursday, September 20 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm near Bldg. S2507/2509.
- Archery Qualification for hunting in the Cantonment Area on Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm near Bldg. S2507/2509.
- National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 22.
- NYSDEC Salmon River Hatchery Open House on Saturday, September 22 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in Altmar, NY.
- Martin Feehan, Cornell University deer biologist and graduate student, will be hosting a presentation at Dirty Harry's on Fort Drum on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 pm. He will be presenting his research findings from the last four years including several factors that directly impact hunting including timing of peak rut and deer distribution maps. There will be refreshments and giveaways.
- Archery Qualification for hunting in the Cantonment Area on Tuesday, September 25 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm near Bldg. S2507/2509.
- Lottery requests for the special waterfowl hunting areas are due by 6:00 am on Thursday, September 27 for the first hunting day (October 6).
- Archery Qualification for hunting in the Cantonment Area on Thursday, September 27 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm near Bldg. S2507/2509.
- Fort Drum Hiking Club is going to Blue Mountain on Saturday, September 29. (Registration closes September 26.)
- Passes valid through December 31, 2018 are available on-line. See the navigation bar at the top--click on "First Time Permit" because ALL users will have to get a new six-digit permit. Passes are still FREE.
- It is the responsibility of all Fort Drum Access Pass holders to know Fort Drum regulations. Fort Drum Regulation 420-3 Hunting, Fishing, & Other Outdoor Recreation ( Unofficial Version updated 9 Aug 2018 ) is available for the 2018-2019 season.
- First-time hunters must complete a NYSDEC Hunter, Bowhunters, and/or Trapper Education course before applying for a respective New York State license. Below are links to the different classes offered that can be sorted by distance from a zip code location.
- Trout fishing season begins April 1, 2018.
- Northern Pike, Walleye, Pickerel, and Tiger Muskellunge season begins May 5, 2018.
- Largemouth Bass & Smallmouth Bass season begins June 16, 2018.
- Youth turkey hunting season is April 21-22, 2018 throughout NYS.
- Spring turkey hunting season is May 1 - May 31, 2018.
- Gray squirrel hunting seasons begins September 1, 2018.
- Canada goose and Crow hunting seasons September 1, 2018.
- Early black bear hunting season begins September 15, 2018.
- Youth waterfowl hunting season is September 22-23, 2018.
- Ruffed grouse hunting season begins September 20, 2018.
- Archery deer and black bear hunting seasons begin September 27, 2018.
- Wild turkey, Cottontail rabbit, and Snowshoe hare hunting seasons begins October 1, 2018.
- Woodcock and Snow goose hunting seasons begin October 1, 2018.
- Duck & Merganser hunting seasons begin October 6, 2018.
- Crossbow deer and black bear hunting seasons begins October 10, 2018.
- Muzzleloading deer and black bear hunting seasons begins October 13, 2018.
- Regular deer and regular black bear hunting seasons begins October 20, 2018.
- The second regular Canada goose hunting season will begin October 27, 2018.
- Duck & Merganser hunting seasons begin November 3, 2018.
- The third regular Canada goose hunting season will begin December 26, 2018.
Fort Drum is a U.S. Army installation in northern New York State 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) 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.) Cooperator Area in New York State. Fort Drum signed the original agreement in 1959 to provide additional outdoor recreational opportunities to the public. Fort Drum is over 108,000 acres in size with approximately 70,000 acres 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.
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 and revised in 2011. 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.