Description - Bordered by the Tug Hill Plateau and the Adirondacks Mountains, this prosperous land is lush with trout waters and scenic hardwood forests. For generations it has been known as the quiet corner of the Adirondacks offering outdoor enthusiasts a restful destination. A wide variety of recreations are enjoyed including canoeing, camping, four-wheel driving, hiking, snowmobiling and more. In particular, The Croghan Tract - Northern Flow is one of three parcels purchased in the last 1960's by the Department of Environmental Conservation. These tracts offer limited use enabling visitors to experience true wilderness.
- Lewis County is located in the northwest corner of the Adirondacks. It is known as the quiet and unruffled wilderness region. Generations of sport enthusiasts have enjoyed this area. Every taste, age and ability finds pleasure amid the beautiful fertile valleys, the fabulous trout waters and the gorgeous forested mountains. Wildlife viewing is supreme ranging from bird migrations to large game. Mountain bikers, campers, backcountry explorers and winter enthusiasts all find comfort and pleasure within this beautiful county that has 218 square miles of public land and over 139,000 acres of forest preserve and state forests.
Recreation - Outdoor recreation is limited only by one's imagination. Coldwater fishing, wilderness exploration, wildlife viewing, large and small game hunting, family camping, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and much more is offered year-round. The public parcel known as the Croghan Tract - Northern Flow is a popular destination. Limited access enables the visitor to experience true solitude. Other county features include the Black River which supports walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. In addition, kayakers thoroughly enjoy the Moose River during the spring season when the melt off boosts waters to a class 5 category. Snowmobilers will find over 500 miles of groomed trails including 86 miles on public lands.
Climate - The Adirondacks has a varied climate with average January temperatures from below 14 degrees reaching to 18 Fahrenheit (below -10 to -8 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). There are fewer than 100 days of frost-free growing season in the Adirondacks. Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The southwestern slopes of the Adirondacks, Tug Hill in particular, receives more than 44 inches.
Lewis County has a approximately a quarter of its land mass lying along the western edge of the Adirondack Forest Preserve.