- Fort Drum Regulation 420-3 Hunting, Fishing, & Other Outdoor Recreation (updated 1 Aug 2020) unofficial version for distribution (20 pages with changes highlighted). There will be no update before the 2021 hunting season.
- Fort Drum Regulation 420-3 Hunting, Fishing, & Other Outdoor Recreation (updated 1 Aug 2020) official version (31 pages with summary of changes). There will be no update before the 2021 hunting season.
Other recreational activities in the Training Area 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. All normal check-in procedures apply.
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:
- Canoeing on the Black River from Herkimer Co. 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 from the Adirondacks in New York 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 the Cantonment Area.
For hiking and biking trails near Fort Drum, see the following:
- Seven hiking/biking trails in and around Watertown, NY.
- Hiking & snowshoe trails at Thompson Park in Watertown, NY.
- Three hiking trails maintained by the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC).
- Four preseves with hiking trails maintained by the Thousand Islands Land Trust.
- Three preserves with hiking trails maintained by the Indian River Lakes Conservancy.
- 36 hiking trails and other outdoor opportunities in Jefferson County.
- 39 hiking trails and other outdoor opportunities in Lewis County.
- 61 hiking trails and other outdoor opportunities in St. Lawrence County.
- 36 hiking trails and other outdoor opportunities in Oswego County.
- Over 20 hiking trails in the area including the Calcium Trail only 5 miles from the Cerjan Gate at Fort Drum.
- Hiking trails in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves maintained by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
- Guide to 73 waterfalls in the Adirondacks.
- Hike and explore approximately 40 fire towers in the Adrondacks and Catskills.
- Hike the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks including Mount Marcy, the tallest point in New York State.
- Several biking trails in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas.
- Hiking trails in state parks throughout NYS maintained by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
For a longer biking adventure that passes near Fort Drum, see the following:
- The Great Lakes Seaway Trail - Lighthouse Bicycling Trip - is an estimated 9 day/8 night trip 407 miles one way between Presque Isle Light Station in Erie, PA to Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent, NY. A shorter ride is a 149 mile trip along the Lake Ontario shoresline starting at Lakeview Wildlife Management Area in Ellisburg and following NYS Rte 12 and 37 to Massena.
- The Olympic Trail is a 170 mile trip that parallels the NYS Rte 3 corridor starting at Sackets Harbor and ending at Lake Champlain.
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Some of the hiking trails above can also be used for x-country skiing and/or snowshoeing. Fort Drum has some trails in the Cantonment Area. For other specific ski trails in the region, see the following:
- Winona State Forest in Lorraine.
- Osceola Tug Hill XC Ski Center in Camden.
- Whetstone Gulf State Park in Lowville.
- Maple Ridge Center in Lowville.
- Minna Anthony Common Nature Center at Wellesley Island State Park in Fineview.
- Massena Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park in Massena.
ATVs & Snowmobiles
The use of snowmobiles, trail bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or other motorized vehicles for recreational purposes is generally prohibited on Fort Drum. The only exceptions are as follows:
(1) Snowmobiles for recreational riding in training areas 7E, 7F, and 7G beginning December 15 after the big game hunting season. Snowmobiles must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer.
(2) 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 Highway 3A.
(3) 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.
(4) 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. The most direct route possible from the parked vehicle to the waterbody must be taken.
(5) 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 (315-772-7152) for approval BEFORE access on a non-recreational trail or road can occur in the Training Area. No weapon can be carried on an ATV when recovering big game; otherwise, the transport of weapons must be in accordance with FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 7(d).
(6) ATVs on Cool, Pannels, and North Star Spring Roads (FD Reg 420-3 Appendix D) for the purpose of increasing access and recovering lawfully taken big game. ATVs must be transported to the designated parking areas by vehicle or trailer. ATVs may only be used on and parked next to Cool, Pannels, and North Star Spring Roads (Appendix D)—no off-road use is allowed. The transport of weapons must be in accordance with FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 7(d) and 11(d). The speed limit may not exceed 10 mph.
(7) ATVs on trails and roads in Training Areas 6A, 7E, 7F, 7G, and 17D not designated as recreational roads for the purpose of hunting for those eligible for accessible accommodations in FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 11(a). See FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 11(f) for more information.
ATV use on Fort Drum must in accordance with FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 6(k).
Fort Drum MWR Outdoor Recreation offers ATV and snowmobile safety classes.
For other resources for ATV riding and snowmobiling in the area, see the following:
- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Snowmobiling in NYS.
- NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - Snowmobile Program
- NYS Snowmobile Association
- NYS Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Association
- Lewis County ATV Trail System (Facebook)
- 2019 Offical Lewis County ATV Trail System Map (pdf)
Fort Drum MWR Outdoor Recreation maintains a Recreational Shooting Complex in the Cantonment Area with a rifle and pistol range, archery range, and skeet and trap range. To find other areas to shoot, see the National Shooting Sports Foundation web site.
Target shooting with a bow or cross is allowed in the Training Area.
Target shooting with firearms or other non-archery/crossbow implements is allowed only on ranges designated by Range Branch.
Swimming & SCUBA Diving
Swimming is permitted at Remington Park in accordance with the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Standard Operating Procedures. 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 on 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 a dog while on Fort Drum.
Dog 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 prohibited except for fruit, mushrooms, ramps/leeks, asparagus, fiddleheads, dandelions, and/or rhubarb.