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Background  

State-owned lands along the Bog River between Lows Lower and Upper Dams and at Lows Lake offer canoeists a unique opportunity to enjoy over 14.5 miles of unencumbered scenic waters with only one short carry around Lows Upper Dam. For the more adventuresome, a carry of approximately 3.5 miles from the west end of  Lows Lake to the Oswegatchie River will be rewarded with a 16 mile trip down that river to Inlet, with only a short carry above High Falls. Numerous beaver dams occur around High Falls.

Navigability of this route was established by the two dams built by A.A.Low in 1903 (lower dam) and 1907 (upper dam). Originally constructed to produce electricity, these structures now provide a quality recreational experience enhanced by the department's prohibition on using mechanically propelled vessels between the two dams.

Access

Primary access to the area is by a short gravel road off State Route 421 to Lows Lower Dam, where a canoe may be launched. This road may be gated in the spring to protect it during frost out. Alternate canoe access is available at Horseshoe Lake Outlet. 

Camping

Thirty-nine numbered campsites have been constructed and designated (site number, fire ring and round 4.5 inch yellow marker) for public use on a first come first served basis. Site number 7 will be established after the buildings at Lows Upper Dam are removed. Camping is restricted to parties of nine or less. Campers are encouraged to limit their number to six persons or less to reduce the impact on sites. If you choose to camp at sites other than those designated you are responsible for:

            1. Knowing that you are on state lands and not trespassing on private lands.

            2. Camping at least 150 feet from any road, trail, spring, stream, pond, or any other body of water.

            3. Cleaning up your site to remove traces of use.

Permits

Persons wishing to stay at one location more than three nights or to use Virgin Timber, Boones or Moose Bay landing during June, July, or August must obtain a permit from the NYSDEC Forest Ranger, PO Box 170, Piercefield, NY, 12973.

Wildlife

The area supports a wide variety of wildlife. Loons are especially plentiful. In fact, the area supports one of the largest loon nesting areas in New York State. Users are warned to be especially careful not to disturb their nesting sites.

The observant person should be able to spot osprey, raven, spruce grouse, whitetail deer, bald eagle and possibly a moose. Look for mink, muskrat, otter and beaver early in the morning and at evening, a half hour before dark.

Bears are common and users are advised to take extra precautions to keep their food stored away from the campsite

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