Our Preserves

The Indian River and the 18 lakes in its watershed occupy an extraordinary landscape of rocky, wooded uplands and teeming wetlands, lakes, and waters. Sitting astride the rugged, geologic backbone of the Frontenac Arch connecting the Adirondacks to Algonquin Park in Canada, the Indian River Lakes, and neighboring Thousand Islands share a vital confluence of pathways for migratory birds and one of the most diverse habitats for wildlife in the northeast. The Indian River Lakes Conservancy was created in 1998 to preserve, protect, and encourage the sustainable management of these uniquely valuable water, land, and biological resources for the benefit and enrichment of future generations. This remains our abiding purpose and commitment.

In the 19 years since its founding, the Indian River Lakes Conservancy has been actively engaged in an array of important conservation initiatives. IRLC now stewards 2,700+ acres of important wildlife habitat, crucial wetlands, and pristine shoreline, and more than 20 miles of woodland trails open to the public year-round.

Quick Tips

Make sure you have a map and tell someone where you will be. If you need assistance, call our office: 315-482-4757.

Check the weather!

Dress appropriately.

Take water, even if it’s cold outside.

Dogs are welcome! They are awesome at clearing sticks for us but please keep them on a leash.

Stay on the trails and use the trail markers to guide you.

Everyone is a trail steward! If you find anything wrong with our trails such as large limbs or standing water obstructing a path, please call or email us.

Share your photos on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Find us using the AllTrails App or website – don’t forget to leave a review! 

Grand Lake Reserve (Theresa, NY near Butterfield & Grass Lakes)

Redwood Hill Preserve (Redwood, NY near Butterfield Lake)

Baker Woods Preserve (Natural Bridge, NY near the Indian River)

Ferrone Woods Preserve (Macomb, NY near Black Lake) 

Red Lake Preserve (Theresa, NY)