Effective April 12, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 is closing mud gates to trails and seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve, State Forest, and Conservation Easement Lands due to spring thaw. Motor vehicle use during the spring mud season will damage roads and result in road opening delays. DEC will reopen the roads once any necessary maintenance is completed and the roads are dry enough to safely handle motor vehicle traffic. Region 6 is comprised of Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
Current list of gate closures: All state land gates in 6C Oneida and Herkimer counties; Haskell Road in the Black River Wild Forest; All gates in central portion of Black River Wild Forest; Loop Road at North Lake, Wolf Lake Landing Road at McKeever, and Mill Brook Road at Bear Creek trail head.