DEC announces seasonal closure of access roads and associated gates in Lewis, Jefferson and northern Herkimer counties

Closures Effective Immediately Due to Spring Thaw “Mud Season”

WATERTOWN, NY —  Effective immediately, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 is closing all mud gates to snowmobile trails and seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve, State Forest, and Conservation Easement lands due to spring thaw and muddy conditions. Gate closures are expected to be completed by Tuesday, March 29.

Motor vehicle use during the spring mud season damages roads, resulting in road opening delays. DEC will reopen the roads once they are dry enough to safely handle motor vehicle traffic and necessary maintenance is completed.