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NYS Land with frontage on the Oswegatchie River, farmhouse, outbuildings, tillable acres, wildlife food plots, woods, wetlands for sale. What a wonderful part of NYS this is! I grew up in St. Lawrence County, not far from here and spent a good share of my summers fishing the Oswegatchie and winters ice fishing on Black Lake. Although the early 1900 era homestead here will likely never serve the same purpose, the structures and land they occupy is symbolic of the life style of the past century, when single family dairy farms thrived. A resurrection of the traditional dairy farm has occurred in the last 30 some years as a growing number of Amish families find Northern NY much to their liking. The two story, 1,680sf house is wood framed with painted wood siding and steel roof, built upon a concrete foundation. Shortly after purchasing in 1999 the owners put on a new roof. The exterior has been painted twice. Seven rooms total, living room, kitchen, parlor, 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath and a full, unfinished basement describes the layout of the interior. Wall & ceiling finishes include a combination of painted or papered lathe & plaster and painted drywall. Floor coverings include vinyl in the kitchen and bathroom, wall to wall carpet in the master bedroom and area rugs and painted wood throughout the rest of the house. A jet pump in the basement draws cold, clear water from a 200' deep, drilled well located in the milk-house of the barn. The house is heated when in use with a wood stove in the basement and propane heater in the living room. Appliances and most of the furniture will stay. High-Speed internet is available roadside. Outbuildings in current use include a 30' x 45', 3-bay, detached garage and 30' x 48' pole barn. Most of the small sheds as well as the original barn are in poor condition, however a newer section of the dairy barn, 30' x 75' in size with steel roof and siding, may serve well as shelter for livestock or storage. In 2004, an easement on 251.33 acres of the property was acquired by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Wetlands Reserve Program Easement. The purpose of this easement is to restore, protect, manage, maintain and enhance the functional value of wetlands and other lands for the conservation of their natural values. For the most part, the landowner has the right to any 'undeveloped recreational uses, including hunting and fishing, and including the leasing of such rights for economic gain, pursuant to applicable State and Federal regulations.' A copy of the Warranty Wetlands Easement Deed is available upon request. The combination of the Wetlands Easement Land and the remaining 137.3 'Uneased' farm land supports a wide range of plant and animal life which equates to a multitude of recreational options. The Uneased portion includes approximately 25 tillable acres which is leased by a local farmer for $800/year. Six wildlife food plots established within the roughly 38 acres of pasture and planted with radishes, beets, oats and clover attract many of the north country favorites, including deer, turkey, grouse and geese. About 75 acres is dominated by hardwood forest where sapling to large sawtimber oak, maple, hickory, basswood and aspen thrive in the rich bottom-land soils. Large diameter white pine is found mixed with the hardwoods close to the river. Over the years the owner has planted a variety of fruit trees with varying degrees of success. Six ladder tree stands and 3 elevated hunting blinds were strategically place in both portions of the property to ensure the annual hunt is successful. The jewel of the property is the ~975' of frontage on the Oswegatchie River. The shoreline is easily accessible and one could launch a canoe or kayak without much difficulty. Another option for those with motor boats is the public boat launch site just minutes away in Heuvelton. The river is a popular location for a variety of wildlife as witnessed by both bald eagles and turkey vultures circling overhead, as well as split clam shells and deer and raccoon tracks along the shore. Black Lake, often referred to as 'Nature's Fish Hatchery', is accessible by boat from this property. Just head north and take a left at the 'y' in the river to enter the outlet of the Lake. Black Lake is the largest and most diverse of the many Indian River lakes. Over 60 miles of shoreline combined with numerous islands, offers anglers all kinds of ideal fish habitat. The Lake and Rivers' most dominant game fish are the small and large-mouth bass, northern pike, perch, crappie, and walleye. Travel just 20 minutes north to the nearest city, Ogdensburg, where you find access to the St. Lawrence River, an International Airport and bridge to Ontario Canada and ~60 miles further to Ottawa, Canada's Capital. 'The Big Woods' of the Adirondacks are but 40 minutes south. So much to see and do near the end of Spile Bridge Road, once you're here, you won't want to leave!