On July 18 at about 2:30 pm, New York State’s Cranberry Lake Campground staff called Ray Brook dispatch to request Forest Ranger assistance with a group of campers who cut down a maple tree and did not register their site.
Rangers Baldwin and Jansen informed the group of campground regulations, issued a ticket for illegally cutting down a tree and evicted the campers.
Cranberry Lake Campground in the Town of Clifton, St. Lawrence County is one of the largest remote lakes in the Adirondacks. There has been only a minimum of civilized encroachment on the lake itself and just to the south lie thousands of acres of unbroken forest lands.
Originally, the lake was about half its present size, but in 1867 a log crib dam was completed at Cranberry Lake Village to control the flow of the river and improve navigation. The present concrete dam was built in 1916.
Cranberry Lake Campground has developed through several phases of construction. The original 15 sites were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. The supervisors cabin, bathhouse, and vault latrines were added in 1937.
The next expansion was the peninsula loop in the early 1960s. Loops one through five were completed in the late 1960s, more than tripling the capacity of the campground. The latest major building to be built was the shower house in 1979.
Two foot trails leave the campground. The 2.4 mile Bear Mountain Trail is a loop trail which offers a challenging climb and scenic vistas to the novice hiker. The campground trail provides access to a 17.4 mile loop trail system which is well maintained for casual hiking.
Bench Warrant Arrest
On July 23 at 3:25 pm, Forest Ranger Geyer and ECO Newell responded to Ferris Lake Wild Forest in the town of Stratford, Fulton County, to arrest a camper wanted on a bench warrant. At 4:45 pm, Ranger Geyer transferred the 53-year-old from Stratford to Herkimer Village Police without incident.
The warrant stemmed from a failure to appear following a charge of resisting an officer.