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Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area

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Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of Lake Alice WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. The area encompasses 1,468 acres. 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.

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Hunting and Trapping
Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area is located in Wildlife Management Unit 5A. Waterfowl, deer, and cotton-tail rabbit entice hunters to Lake Alice while beavers, mink and muskrats attract the interest of trappers. Pheasants are stocked each fall (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Fishing
Lake Alice WMA is open to fishing, please visit Dec's website for more information about fishing. 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. A hand launch is located next to the main parking area off Ridge Road. Ice fishing is popular on Lake Alice.

Wildlife Viewing
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. Trails within the area provide opportunities for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing for better wildlife viewing. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF) (85KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) (240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guides.

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Accessibility

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People with disabilities who have obtained a DEC Motor Vehicle Access Permit for People with Disabilities may also use an ATV to access the nature trail and beyond for hunting opportunities and the Dam Road (the Lake Alice dike) 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

Directions

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.

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  • 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 - Get Google Map Driving Directions
  • Two additional parking areas are found on the Miner Farm Road. Continue past the intersection with Ridge Road.
  • 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. Turning left or right onto MacAdam Road will bring you to these parking areas. GPS of intersection - Get Google Map Driving Directions

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Boundaries and parking areas are clearly marked and any special regulations are conspicuously posted at all access points.

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Lake Alice WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • Kindling fires
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs or other property
  • Overnight storage of boats
  • Cutting, removing or damaging living vegetation
  • Construction of permanent blinds or other structures such as tree stands
  • Littering
  • Storage of personal property
  • Waterfowl hunting is prohibited within a 100 acre restricted zone (outlined on the map) to provide a resting area for waterfowl

Outdoor Safety Tips

NOTE: Ticks are active whenever temperatures are above freezing but especially so in the late spring and early fall. Deer ticks can transmit Lyme and several other diseases. More information on deer ticks and Lyme disease can be obtained from the NYS Department of Health (Leaves DEC Website). Also, practice Leave No Trace (Leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts.

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How We Manage

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Lake Alice WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing/photography). Funding to maintain and manage this site is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration or "Pittman-Robertson" Act, which is acquired through excise taxes on sporting arms, ammunition and archery equipment.

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.

Tourism Information for Nearby Attractions, Amenities & Activities

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Web links below can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

DEC Lands and Facilities

Gas, food and supplies, dining, and lodging is available in the nearby communities of Rouses Point, Chazy, Champlain, and Plattsburgh.