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2020 GIS Internet Mapping Application User Guide (Updated)

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Agricultural Districts Stone Valley Rec Map
Biomass Inventory Map St. Lawrence County Trails
Community Zoning Maps Trail Guide
Maps For All Seasons  
Project Referral Maps New York State GIS Clearinghouse

Map for All Seasons

St. Lawrence County is the largest county in New York State in terms of area.  There are small, local maps that describe certain natural and recreational features, but an overall guide for the County as a whole has only been occasionally available.  This is the niche that the Map For All Seasons (map side)  Map For All Seasons (text side) was designed to fill.  Visitors or residents can consult the map, find out what they want to do and then, if necessary, obtain more detailed information on specific sites.  The map is visually pleasing, clear and easy to use.  It promotes an awareness and appreciation for the abundant natural resources found in the County.  

The Map For All Seasons is a tourism and recreation-oriented map of St. Lawrence County.  It consists of a 34” X 44” folded map of the County with numbered sites of interest, a legend and a table that identifies and explains the qualities of each site.  The reverse side of the map includes a bibliography, contact information, pieces on the flora and fauna and geology of the County and tips for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

The St. Lawrence County Environmental Management Council (EMC) received the New York State Association of Environmental Management Councils first place award for their Map For All Seasons at the 2002  Conference on the Environment which was held October 5th in Corning, New York.

The map was created by EMC staff with involvement of EMC and County Planning Board (CPB) members, who validated information for each municipality in the County, wrote selected sections and proofread the draft.  Funding for the project came from the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators through the Chamber of Commerce and New York State.

To view the map itself, which includes a list of available recreational facilities located in each town in the county, click here to view the map .  Click on the facilities list for each town, and you will be connected to the appropriate portion of the map.

Please be aware that the map page is a VERY large file - over 2 MEG.

But don't forget the text side of the Map For All Seasons; this side is only 270 KB in size.

The text side includes:

  • An excellent bibliography and sources of information.
  • Information about hiking, boating/canoeing/kayaking, X-C skiing and camping.
  • A description of St. Lawrence County geology.  (Did you know that the Adirondack mountains were once as tall as the Himalayas are today?  Or, that the land once was under sea level?)
  • General guidelines for outdoor recreation.
  • A wonderful essay, "St. Lawrence: A County for All Seasons", written especially for the Map For All Seasons by Peter O'Shea, a local resident, writer, naturalist, conservationalist and environmentalist.  Peter served on the St. Lawrence County EMC for ten years. 

  Click here to access the text side of the Map For All Seasons.


Agricultural Districts 1 & 2 

There are two Agricultural Districts located in St. Lawrence County.  District 1 includes the towns of DeKalb, DePeyster, Edwards, Fowler, Gouverneur, Hammond, Hermon, Macomb, Morristown, Oswegatchie, Pitcairn, Rossie and Russell.  District 2 includes Brasher, Canton, Hopkinton, Lawrence, Lisbon, Louisville, Madrid, Massena, Norfolk, Oswegatchie, Parishville, Pierrepont, Potsdam, Russell, Stockholm, and Waddington.  

The Benefits of Being in an Ag District:  Farmers who include their property in an ag district receive protections from new non-farm land uses that are developed next to their land, and the NYS Agricultural Districts Law prevents local laws from unreasonably restricting farm operations that are located in the district.

More information about the benefits of being in an ag district can be found in the attached fact sheet, or by visiting the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets website.

County Accepting Applications to  Add Property to Ag Districts 1 and 2:  Landowners seeking to add property to an ag district must submit an inclusion form to the County Planning Office.  All requests for inclusion must be received or postmarked no later than March 30th of each year. Maps showing land in an ag district are available online at

County Trail Guide

St. Lawrence County boasts a number of beautiful trails for public use and enjoyment.  they are available for snowmobiling, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.  The County Trail Guide has been compiled in order to bring these trails to the attention of the public and to facilitate greater use of the lesser known accessible trails found on state and county owned lands.  

The St. Lawrence County Trail Guide has been published and revised several times, with support from the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce , St. Lawrence Adirondack Audubon Society and the St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau.  
This revised on-line version of the County Trail Guide is a product of the St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau and the St. Lawrence County Environmental Management Council .  Special thanks for this on-line version go to Katie Maloney, a student at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY.  Katie, who graduated in 2003, revised many of the maps, created several new maps, and formatted the County Trail Guide for publication on the Internet.   Thanks a lot, Katie, for all your hard work!

Stone Valley Cooperative Recreational Area

This is a very scenic hiking area along the Raquette River between Colton and Hannawa Falls.

Click here for the map.

Index of Maps

Project Referral Maps

When does a land use project need to be referred to the County Planning Board for review?  Land use projects must be referred to the County when a parcel boundary is within 500’ of:

1) A county, village or town boundary

2) Existing or proposed county or state park or other recreation area

3) Existing or proposed county or state road or right of way

4) Existing or proposed right of way of any county stream or drainage channel

5) County or state owned land that contains a public facility; or

6) The boundary of a farm operation in an agricultural district.

Project referral maps are listed by municipalities with land use regulations in place.  They depict a 500’ buffer around features that trigger a referral to the County Planning Board for review.  Larger, 34” x 44” posters of these maps are also available for a nominal fee.  Contact the Planning Office at 379-2292 if you are interested in ordering a larger map.