The Mad River Club is believed to be the second oldest sportsmen’s club in New York State having been incorporated in 1894.

Our club has over 300 members.

We currently lease or own over 16,000 acres in New York State.

Our primary properties are located in Oswego County, on the Tug Hill Plateau. We also lease three different parcels in the “central southern tier”.

More about us

 Recent Update:


March Zoom Meeting


2/27/2021 Snowmobile Economic Impact Study Kicks Off – Please take a minute to fill out the survey.


Lewis County Economic Development, working together with Jefferson County Economic Development, the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, Oneida County Tourism, Oswego County Community Development, Tourism and Planning, Operation Oswego County, the Tug Hill Commission and several area snowmobile clubs, has contracted with the Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College (JCC) and Camoin 360 to undertake an economic impact study of snowmobiling in Lewis County and the Tug Hill region. JCC students will soon be at high-traffic locations throughout the four-county area interviewing snowmobilers on a variety of aspects of the popular winter sport. There is also an opportunity for snowmobilers to take the survey online starting Monday, February 15 at

The Tug Hill region is known for snow, as national weather data shows it is the snowiest place east of the Rocky Mountains. The snow and extensive trail network, enabled by landowners and local governments who willingly allow trails on property with no compensation, has created a strong winter economy reliant on snowmobiling. By quantifying the significance of snowmobiling activity, the partners will be better able to communicate the impacts of the sport on the local economy to local residents, landowners, local governments and New York State. Long term, the group hope to help make Tug Hill an even more appealing destination to help bolster local spending and growth of existing and new businesses.

The results of the economic impact analysis are expected to be complete by the summer of 2021.



2/19/2021 A Letter from Gary, our Club President (2 pages)

MRC Membership 2021 letter




We are trying to update our Badge Collection in the Clubhouse. If anyone has a badge from the following year/years (member and/or guests) that they would like to donate, please email in order to coordinate pickup or mailing.

ANY badges from the 1950’s, 1960’s, or 1970’s

More Recent:

  • 1999- Members Badges
  • 2016- Guest Badges
  • 2017- Member & Guest Badges
  • 2019- Member and Guest Badges
  • 2020- Member & Guest Badges


February 12th, 8:00 P.M. VIRTUAL General Membership Meeting. 

If you have any questions or missing the link, please contact


Ice Fishing Derby Raffle Winners!

1st Place: $300, Jeff Endicott, Gold Member

2nd Place: $200, Scott Collar

3rd Place: $100, Dennis Parker

Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets!


1/19/2021 (A notice via email will come out on 2/8/2021 with link)

February Zoom Meeting



MRC CAMPING POLICY 2020 approved.pdf (2)


1/7/2021 Message from New York State Conservation Council, Inc. 

Follow this thread to your chance to go on a guided waterfowl hunt;

A little backstory – Jay Barnes, owner of Frontenac Fowlers donated this hunt a year ago to a Wounded Warriors in Action Finger Lakes Chapter banquet.

I bought the hunt, and am now donating the hunt for a NYSCC fundraiser. Jay is an excellent guide, and a dedicated conservationist.

Please spread the word far and wide! Let’s get the bidding going!

Keith G. Tidball, PhD

1st Vice President

New York State Conservation Council

1/3/2021 January Zoom Meeting

January Zoom Meeting


Membership notices have been emailed, 1st, to those that have email and mailed to those that do not (if any of your contact information has changed email, address, phone numbers ect. please use the contact us section of the website and send us your new contact information). Any issues please contact
If you still have not paid your dies you are now charged the 10% late fee.
Dues are payable at or mailed. Please no cash in the mail. If you are using the website please add each item you need to match your invoice including the late fee.

Crossing Stream Beds on Property

ATV’s/UTV’s must use bridges. Cars/Trucks can cross the stream beds. As always be cautious of water levels when crossing water stops.


6/25/2020 – Landowner Notice



5/9/2020 – NOTICE FROM GC

Notice to all MRC members; May 9, 2020 RE; Little John Lease Lands

Most of the lease land gates will be accessible beginning May 9 2020. We are asking members to hold off on using the South gate to allow more time for the road to dry off. Remember to Tread lightly and be Safe!

It is important to remember to use all the NYS Dept. of Health guide lines during the Covid 19 pandemic. Use 6-foot social distancing – limiting group size to 10 or under – sanitize your hands before and after touching items such as the gates and locks to help reduce the spread of the disease.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation on this. Stay healthy all!

Gary Crawford
President MRC


4/6/2020 – Clubhouse Usage Notice

MRC club houseuse letter 2020


Members need to yield to logging trucks. We have to remember that SAFETY is FIRST on MRC Properties and WE ARE ESSENTIALLY GUESTS on this property. Yes we pay a leasing fee, but the activities of the landowner take priority over our activities. LOGGING TRUCKS HAVE RIGHT OF WAY. Failure to yield will result in LOSS OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP.