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Camping in Huntington Wildlife Forest

Camping on HWF is only allowed on Catlin Lake at 1) Birch Point lean-to and 2) designated tent sites at Sabattis Pass. Use of these locations requires permission of an AEC staff member who has been designated as the overseer of HWF camping activities. Housing fees will be applied to the use of these sites when appropriate.

group camping


  • Users are responsible for providing their own firewood.
  • No collecting or cutting of wood at the designated sites.
  • Fires are to be of reasonable size (no bonfires) and contained within the established fire ring/fireplace.
  • Don not re-build or "adjust" the fire ring.
  • Outhouses are to be utilized during the stay.
  • Food will be appropriately stored to avoid wildlife conflicts.
  • Educational groups camping on the property must have on-site supervision.
  • All HWF policies apply when using these sites (i.e., alcohol, dogs, firearms)

Sabattis Pass

  • Camping is restricted to designated tent sites only.
  • Campfires are only allowed in the group fire ring located at Sabattis Pass cabin.
  • The cabin is not for overnight camping but can be used as a shelter in hazardous weather.

Birch Point Lean-to

  • Group size is limited to 6 people.
  • Campfires are only allowed in the fireplace.

Packing Checklist

Standard List:

____ Several pairs of wool socks
____ Good outdoor work or hiking boots - preferably with Gortex®
____ Long pants
____ Long-sleeved shirts
____ Daypack or lunch sack
____ Rain gear
____ Warm sweater/coat - it can get cold in the evenings
____ Warm sleepwear
____ Sleeping bag or bedding for twin bed & pillow
____ Flashlight and/or headlamp
____ Toiletries/bath towels - unscented soap is recommended
____ Water bottle, and if you're a coffee or tea drinker, a travel mug
____ Tupperware container for your lunch sandwich
____ Watch
____ Trail snacks (gorp, granola bars, etc.)

Summer additions:

____ insect repellant
____ sun screen
____ bathing suit/towel
____ watershoes/sandal
____ sun/baseball hat

Winter additions:

____ snow pants
____ long underwear
____ warm outer cloths (avoid cotton)
____ winter hat and gloves
____ waterproof boots

Optional items:

____ Compass
____ Camera
____ Binoculars
____ Books
____ Deck of cards
____ Headnet or bug jacket
____ Fishing gear (only if you have a NYS fishing license)