Chateaugay State Forest

This 3,465-acre area in Northern Oswego County is on the edge of the Tug Hill Plateau, known for its seasonal recreational opportunities. In winter and summer the forest’s trails – ranging from 1 to 8 miles – are suitable for several activities. And the area’s two primary streams, the Orwell and Pekin brooks, provide excellent fishing opportunities.

Warm-season activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and rustic camping. In cool seasons when snow is abundant there are cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

And of course, hunting and fishing are allowed in-season. Abundant populations of game throughout the forest include white-tailed deer, wild turkey and ruffed grouse. The forest’s streams offer steelhead and brown trout, as well as Chinook salmon.

The forest is also an excellent place for bird-watchers and photographers to view red-eyed vireo, wood thrush, eastern wood-pewee, blue jay, and other song birds. Red-tailed hawk also nest throughout the forest.

Among Chateaugay’s outstanding rustic natural landscapes are unique man-made features that date back to the mid-1800s. Early settlers who logged and farmed the area built many rock walls in the woods that can still be easily seen throughout the forest. It’s believed that the structures in Chateaugay are handiwork of Vic and George Waggoner of Orwell, whose stone work was well-regarded by residents of the surrounding area.