Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area
Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area encompasses 1,468 acres along the Duprey Road in the Town of Chazy, Clinton County. The principal portions of this management area were acquired in two stages from the William H. Miner Foundation, 648 acres in 1953 and 750 acres in 1970.
Prior to state ownership, the area was primarily used for agriculture and timber harvesting. In addition, water control structures were built along Tracy Brook to generate hydro-electric power. This mosaic of cropland, woodland, and impounded open water provided an ideal base upon which to establish a wildlife management area.
A series of level, easily accessible foot trails have been constructed so visitors can access the management area. These footpaths are used for recreation, such as hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, family outings and education. The trails help direct visitors to various points of interest located throughout the site, including scenic vistas and unique ecological communities, offering individuals an opportunity to learn more about nature and examine the relationship between habitat and wildlife. Thus, Lake Alice offers a chance for visitors with widely diverse interests, from sportsmen to wildlife researcher, to pursue their favorite outdoor activity.
Hunting, fishing and trapping are integral parts of the conservation and management of New York's natural resources and the various wildlife management areas across the state are no exception. Hunting, fishing, trapping and other forms of wildlife-based recreation are permitted in accordance with the Environmental Conservation Law and its associated regulations. Please check the annual syllabus for appropriate regulations and season dates which apply to this wildlife management area.
Waterfowl, deer, and snowshoe hare entice hunters to Lake Alice while beavers, mink and muskrats attract the interest of trappers. Pheasants are stocked each fall.
DEC has stocked Lake Alice and the many of the ponds within the wildlife management area with largemouth bass. The warm, weedy waters permit bass to grown quite large. Brown bullhead and sunfish are also abundant in these waters. Fishing is permitted throughout the wildlife management area from shore or car top boats. Ice fishing is popular on Lake Alice.
Bird watching is a popular activity at Lake Alice. Whether its waterfowl during migration, raptors in the open fields or song birds in the various diverse habitats present at Lake Alice, there are many varieties of bird species to be seen. Download a checklist of bird species (PDF) (23 kB) seen at Lake Alice and see how many you can spot.
If you enjoy wildflowers, there are many to be found at Lake Alice. Visit throughout the growing season as the variety of wildflowers found changes as the season progresses. Download a checklist of wildflowers (PDF) (26 kB) identified at Lake Alice and see how many you can spot.
A half mile nature trail is maintained with a crush stone surface provides access for people with mobility disabilities whether walking, walking with a walking aid, in a wheelchair or on an ATV (provided the person has a DEC Motor Vehicle Access Permit for People with Disabilities). The trail may be accessed from the parking lot off Ridge Road near the northeastern corner of Lake Alice. The trail is "V" shaped with end terminating at the parking lot and the other end terminating in the field a short distance north of the parking lot.
People with disabilities that have obtained a DEC Motor Vehicle Access Permit for People with Disabilities may also use an ATV to access the Forest Road and beyond for hunting opportunities and the Dam Road (the Lake Alice dyke) for fishing opportunities. Both of these roads can be accessed by crossing a bridge located at the far end (the bottom of the "V") of the nature trail.
Full Listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations
Rules For Use
Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area is open to the public throughout the year. Hunting, fishing and trapping are allowed in season on most of the area in accordance with the Environmental Conservation Law and regulations.
Waterfowl hunting is prohibited within a 100 acre restricted zone (outlined on the map) to provide a resting area for waterfowl.
Boundaries 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, and fires
The use of all motorized vehicles or motorized water conveyances is prohibited, except:
- Motorized access is allowed on the Dam Road for those with a Motor Vehicle Access Permit for People with Disabilities
- The old railroad grade is a snowmobile trail in when snow depths allow
Please Observe Good Outdoor Manners: If You Carry It In, Carry It Out
Today, Lake Alice is managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for a variety of recreational and scientific purposes, including: natural resources education, wildlife observation and photography, fishing, trapping, hunting and canoeing. One of the primary objectives is to provide nesting and feeding habitat to a variety of waterfowl.
Management techniques such as the construction of potholes, dikes and islands, as well as ditching and shoreline clearing have greatly increased the amount of waterfowl nesting and feeding habitat at the site. As a result of these efforts, wood ducks, black ducks, mallards, mergansers, teal and Canada geese are readily observed on the management area. In addition, wood duck nest boxes have been erected throughout the area. These artificial nest locations mimic the natural, but scarce, tree cavities utilized by this species of duck.
Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area consists of an assortment of ecological communities ranging from emergent marsh to hemlock-northern hardwood forest. This variety in habitat allows the area to support diverse fish and wildlife populations. The DEC employs various management techniques within some of these different habitats to improve breeding and feeding conditions for numerous wildlife species.
One of the ecological communities present is the northern hardwood forest. The DEC is utilizing patch clear-cuts on approximately 70 acres of northern hardwoods to produce a mosaic of forest canopy levels on the management area. By cutting 16 separate 2.5 to 5 acre plots over a 40 year rotation a variety of cover types can be generated at the site. This type of timber management provides habitat for ruffed grouse - a bird species which requires clearings and dense young hardwoods for nesting and brood rearing, while requiring more mature stands for courtship and roosting. The habitat created in this area is also suitable for wild turkeys, woodcock, and deer.
Take Exit 41 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87). Turn west onto Miner Farm Road (Route 191) - turn left if coming from the south or turn right if coming from the north.
- Take the Miner Farm Road for 0.5 miles and turn left onto Ridge Road. Take Ridge Road 1.3 miles to the main parking area on the right. The lake can be accessed from this location.
- Two additional parking areas are found on the Miner Farm Road. Continue past the intersection with Ridge Road.
- The first parking area is on the left 1.9 miles past the Ridge Road intersection and
- The second parking area is on the left 2.6 miles past the intersection.
- Three parking areas are located on MacAdam Road. From Miner Farm Road turn left onto Ridge Road as previously described. Travel one mile to the intersection with MacAdam Road. Turn left onto MacAdam Road.
- The first parking areas is on the left 0.1 mile from the MacAdam Road-Ridge Road intersection;
- The second parking area is on the right 0.75 mile from the intersection and
- The third parking area is on the left 1.75 miles from the intersection.
The Lake Alice WMA map shows the location of roads, parking areas and other facilities.