Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area
The Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area is located along County Route 338 in the Town of Greenwich, Washington County. The 446.5 acre management area was dedicated to Philip A. Dustin, an avid conservationist and charter member of the Waterfowl Improvement Association. The Association, a group of sportsmen, encouraged New York's acquisition of Carters Pond as a waterfowl management area.
Is the variety of fungi growing throughout the moist woods of any special interest? Or maybe the water birds that may be observed nesting or migrating through the area, including flocks of Canada geese, mallards, black ducks and wood ducks? Or searching for a hummingbird nest or finding a mink track in the mud? Carters Pond offers a lot to enjoy for those willing to "stop and smell the roses."
Nature observation and photography, fishing, hunting, trapping, and canoeing are just some of the recreational activities available at Carter's Pond.
Hunting, fishing and trapping are integral parts of the conservation and management of New York's natural resources. Check the annual syllabus for hunting, fishing, and trapping season dates which apply to the Wildlife Management Unit.
Ducks, woodcock, grouse, pheasants and deer attract hunters to the area in October and November. DEC releases ring-necked pheasants in the area prior to the hunting season. Muskrats, mink and foxes attract the most interest from trappers. Fishing is a major summer family activity at Carters Pond. Among the chief game fish species are largemouth bass, chain pickerel, northern pike, bluegill, sunfish and bullhead.
The mile long Nature trail was constructed in 1980 by the combined efforts of the Washington County Youth Conservation Corps and members of the Waterfowl Improvement Association. The trail offers you an opportunity to learn more about nature and examine the relationship between wildlife, habitat, soils, and climate. The trail has also been used by cross-country skiing enthusiasts. As you walk or ski along, watch for identification tags on the trees. They will tell you the name of the species you're looking at.
A wheelchair accessible half-mile loop trail and path to an elevated viewing platform exists within the nature trail described above. The accessible loop trail goes through several habitat areas, providing views of wooded wetlands, upland forest and the large marshy pond. The trail has a hardened stone dust surface and includes a boardwalk, several foot bridges and ample passing spaces. It is connected to designated accessible parking. There is no privy at this location.
A shorter trail leads from the parking lot up a very slight grade to a point where it meets a wooden boardwalk with railings. The level board walk extends out toward the pond as the surrounding ground slopes fairly steeply down to the water's edge. The short board walk ends at a small deck with railings that allows room for a wheelchair to turn around. The viewing platform at the end of the boardwalk provides a pleasant bird's eye view of the pond.
Full listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations.
Rules For Use
Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area is open to the public throughout the year. Hunting, fishing and trapping are allowed in season on the entire area in accordance with the Environmental Conservation Law and regulations.
Boundary lines and parking areas are clearly marked and any special regulations are conspicuously posted at all access points.
The following actions are prohibited: swimming, overnight camping, fires, the use of all motorized vehicles and the use of motorized water conveyances.
For more information concerning Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area please contact the Region 5 Bureau of Wildlife at (518) 623-1240 or (518) 897-1291.
Please Observe Good Outdoor Manners: If You Carry It In, Carry It Out
Habitat and Wildlife
The woodlands, open areas, modern farming activity, brush and wetlands provide a diverse habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Wildlife may be as diverse as 51 mammals, 174 birds, 6 reptiles, 8 amphibians, and 11 fish. How many birds can you find?
Wood duck nesting boxes erected by the Waterfowl Improvement Association are scattered around the marsh. Wood ducks, hooded mergansers, screech and saw-whet owls, and tree swallows have been observed using these boxes.
From the Village of Greenwich, take State Route 29 east approximately 6.5 miles to County Route 49.
Turn left onto County Route 49 and continue north.
- A large parking area is located on the right 1.6 miles from State Route 29 which provides access to the universally accessible observation tower and nature trail.
- A large parking area is located on the right 1.9 miles from State Route 29 which provides access to a car top boat launch for Carters Pond.
From County Route 49 turn right onto Ferguson Road 1.2 miles from State Route 29. There are two other parking areas along the southern end of Ferguson Road.
- A parking area is located on the left 0.2 mile from County Route 49.
- A second parking area is located on the 0.75 mile from County Route 49.
Two other parking areas located in the northern part of the Carter's Pond WMA can be accessed from Mill Road. Turn right onto Mill Road 3.5 miles from the County Route 49/State Route 29 intersection.
- The first parking is located on the right 0.5 mile from County Route 49.
- Travel another 0.2 mile to the end of Mill Road, turn right onto Ferguson Road and a second parking lot will be on the right 0.2 mile from Mill Road.
The Carter's Pond WMA map shows the location of roads, parking areas and other facilities.