- NEW We have a new web site! Things are going to function a little differently. Check out the page on the navigation bar at the top explaining some of the changes and how to set up an account, renew a recreation pass, or check-in and check-out.
- NEW Everyone will have to get a new pass with a six-digit permit number--see the navigation bar at the top and click on "First Time Permit." Old passes expire December 31 anyway.
- NEW You can see what training areas are open by looking at the interactive map and you can check-in and check-out from your smart phone or computer.
- NEW We have a new Sportsman's Hotline number: you can call 1-855-267-9770 to check-in and check-out. However, be advised the new system is designed to be used with a computer or smart phone which works better than a regular phone.
- OLD Recreation Passes still expire December 31. Fort Drum Recreation Passes are still FREE!
- NEW Fort Drum Regulation 420-3 Hunting, Fishing, & Other Outdoor Recreation (Unofficial Version updated 1 Aug 2017) is available for the 2017-2018 season.
- The Natural Resources Outreach Facility and kiosk for Recreation Maps and brochures has moved temporarily to the field between Bldg. S-2507 and Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield--access it from Munn's Corner Rd towards the gate to WSAAF from the stoplight on NYS Rte. 26.
- Fort Drum Regulation 190-6 Control of Privately-Owned Firearms (updated 15 Aug 2016) is available. New Gate Access Policies went into effect January 15, 2015. See the new procedures to register a firearm if you do not have a military i.d.
- NEW Trail Camera Photos NEEDED of tagged deer (updated 2 Nov 2017)
- NEW Trapping is significantly different this coming season--trapping will be allowed only by selected individuals. Check the Trapping page for guidelines and application information.
- NEW Wildlife Viewing Report - March 1, 2018.
- The Great Outdoor Family Expo at the NYS Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, NY on March 9 – March 11. (Hours are Friday 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 3 pm.)
- Maple Days at Fort Drum on Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 am - 3:00 p.m off of 45th Infantry Drive. Open to everyone. See how maple syrup is made and taste it for yourself!
- Maple Days at Fort Drum on Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 am - 3:00 p.m off of 45th Infantry Drive. Open to everyone. See how maple syrup is made and taste it for yourself!
- Passes valid through December 31, 2018 are available on-line. See the navigation bar at the top--click on "First Time Permit" because all users will have to get a new six-digit permit. Passes are still FREE.
- It is the responsibility of all Fort Drum Access Pass holders to know Fort Drum regulations. Fort Drum Regulation 420-3 Hunting, Fishing, & Other Outdoor Recreation (Unofficial Version updated 1 Aug 2017) is available for the 2017-2018 season.
- First-time hunters must complete a NYSDEC Hunter, Bowhunters, and/or Trapper Education course before applying for a respective New York State license. Below are links to the different classes offered that can be sorted by distance from a zip code location.
- Trout fishing season begins April 1, 2017.
- Youth turkey hunting season is April 22-23, 2017 throughout NYS.
- Spring turkey hunting season is May 1 - May 31, 2017.
- Northern Pike, Walleye, Pickerel, and Tiger Muskellunge season begins May 6, 2017.
- Largemouth Bass & Smallmouth Bass season begins June 17, 2017.
- Regular Canada goose hunting seasons begins December 26, 2017.
- Gray squirrel, Canada goose, and Crow hunting seasons begins September 1, 2017.
- Early black bear hunting season begins September 16, 2017.
- Youth waterfowl hunting season is September 23-24, 2017.
- Ruffed grouse hunting season begins September 20, 2017.
- Archery deer and black bear hunting seasons begin September 27, 2017.
- Wild turkey, Cottontail rabbit, Snowshoe hare, Woodcock, and Snow goose hunting seasons begins October 1, 2017.
- Duck & Merganser hunting season begins October 7, 2017.
- Crossbow deer and black bear hunting seasons begins October 11, 2017.
- Muzzleloading deer and black bear hunting seasons begins October 14, 2017.
- Regular deer and regular black bear hunting seasons begins October 21, 2017.
- Regular Canada goose hunting season begins October 28, 2017.
- Duck & Merganser hunting season begins November 4, 2017.
Fort Drum is the largest Fish & Wildlife Management Act (FWMA) Cooperator Area in NewYork State. Fort Drum signed the original agreement in 1959 to provide additional outdoor recreational opportunities to the public. Fort Drum is over 108,000 acres in size with approximately 70,000 acres open to everyone (including the public) for recreation. Fort Drum has 3 lakes and 4 ponds totaling 506 acres that are commonly fished—Indian Lake (184 acres) is the largest lake on the installation. Besides permanently prohibited areas, the only restricted access and activity on Fort Drum is hunting in the Cantonment Area and Training Areas 5E and 6C. Approximately one-third of the 8,000 acre Cantonment Area is open for archery hunting only by persons with Department of Defense identification. Training Areas 5E and 6C are open for disabled access hunting only..
The area surrounding Fort Drum is generally rural with small concentrations of residential, commercial, and industrial areas mainly within villages. Although there are few federal lands near Fort Drum, state lands are numerous including state forests, forest preserves, wildlife management areas, and state parks. The majority of protected land is large forested tracts (primarily state forests, wilderness areas, wild forests, and primitive areas) located in Adirondack Park which is only 5 miles from Training Area 19 in the northeastern part of Fort Drum. State forest lands border some areas of Fort Drum. The nearest state wildlife area is Perch River Wildlife Management Area (7800 ac) approximately 5 miles to the northwest of the Cantonment Area of Fort Drum.
The natural beauty of the region along with world renowned fishing, boating, and winter recreation opportunities has made tourism a substantial part of the regional economy. This includes the Thousand Islands region along the St. Lawrence River approximately 20 miles to the north of Fort Drum, Lake Ontario approximately 16 miles to the west, and Adirondack Park to the east. The Black River running past Fort Drum and through Watertown is nationally known for kayaking. Fort Drum attracts hunters throughout the eastern U.S. See the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site for a guide to outdoor activities in New York State.
Fort Drum is home of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). It is also the largest installation in the northeastern U.S. and serves as a training facility for Reserve and National Guard units in the region. The initial acquisition of land for Fort Drum occurred in 1909 and the most significant acreage—75,000 acres—was acquired in 1940. Fort Drum is an active military installation and recreational use is secondary to the military mission.
To ensure sound natural resources management, an Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan(INRMP) was developed and first implemented in 2001 and revised in 2011. The INRMP was prepared in partnership and signatory cooperation with NYSDEC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), representing the state and federal Sikes Act agencies, respectively.