Forest Management


Recreation Opportunities

Webster Lake at dusk
Webster Lake at dusk

While the SFMA is principally intended to serve as a demonstration forest there are many recreational uses and users of the area. Over 20 miles of hiking trails cover the SFMA providing remote backpacking and hiking opportunities where gently rolling hills contrast with the rugged terrain of much of the rest of the Park. Overnight camping is permitted at 4 backcountry lean-tos on Webster Lake, Webster Stream, Hudson Pond, and Frost Pond. Hunting and fishing are by the far the most popular recreational activities in the SFMA. Fishing opportunities on the large ponds especially Webster Lake and Frost Pond are attractive and often involve area guides and clients that arrive via float plane to Webster or Matagamon Lakes. Hunting primarily occurs during the months of October and November with deer season being the most popular. A self-registration system on both the Wadleigh Mt and Brayley Ridge Roads requires visitors to sign in providing information on their name, vehicle, and planned activity.