Montys Bay Wildlife Management Area
Montys Bay Wildlife Management Area is 216 acres in size, and is located in the Town of Beekmantown in Clinton County, New York. The Wildlife Management Area includes a swamp at the south end of Montys Bay on the western shore of Lake Champlain, and a section of wetlands and uplands bordering Riley Brook. These parcels of land were acquired in 1966 with funding provided by the Park and Recreational Land Acquisitional Bond Act of 1960 and the Environmental Bond Act of 1972.
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. Deer and waterfowl entice hunters to Montys Bay while muskrat and mink attract the interest of trappers.
Rules For Use
The Montys Bay Wildlife Management Area is open year-round for hunting, fishing, hiking, trapping and other forms of wildlife enjoyment in accordance with the Environmental Conservation Law and regulations. Please check the annual syllabus for season dates and regulations.
Please do not drive through agricultural fields. Boundaries and parking areas are clearly marked and any special regulations are conspicuously posted at all access points.
The following actions are prohibited: swimming, over night camping, fires, and the use of all motorized vehicles or motorized water conveyances unless specifically stated.
Please Observe Good Outdoor Manners: If You Carry It In, Carry It Out
Spectacular seasonal migrations of waterfowl will delight wildlife observers. Spring rains and high lake water from winter's thaw fills troughs and potholes in the area's grain fields. This attracts countless varieties of puddle ducks and other migrating birds. During the fall, the same fields become stop-over places for great flocks of canada and snow geese as they make their long trek south from northern breeding grounds.
On the parcel, east of the Lake Shore Road, is a majestic old-growth silver maple-ash swamp. It covers most of the periphery of Point Au Roche swamp, like a horseshoe that grades into shrub swamp and emergent marsh at the south end of Montys Bay. Access the marsh from the western right of way off Harmonly Lane using the parking area. A short 500 yard bushwack will lead you to the mature stand.
As you enter the flood plain you will see massive cottonwoods, oaks, and silver maple, probably one of the oldest stands along Lake Champlain. Make sure to wear water proof foot gear. This old growth forest provides hollow nesting cavities for tree nesting species like wood ducks and songbirds. Hollow trees also provide winter denning areas for the resident raccoon population, squirrels and other furbearers.
On the wildlife management area west of the Lake Shore Road is an active agricultural field. Every fifth year, farmers bid on 110 acres of prime farmland to plant crops needed in the local dairy industry. Lessees are required to observe certain basic requirements or restrictions for good farm practices not in conflict with wildlife management for the Montys Bay wildlife management plan.
Take Exit 40 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87). Turn east onto Spellman Road - turn right if coming from the south or left if coming from the north. Take Spellman Road east 0.5 mile to State Route 9. Turn right onto State Route 9. Take Route 9 south for 0.4 miles to Point Au Roche Road. Turn left onto Point Au Roche Road (County Route 22). Take Point Au Roche Road 1.7 miles east to Lake Shore Road. Turn left onto Lake Shore Road.
To access the agricultural lands and surrounding forested swamplands: Take Lake Shore Road north for 1.6 miles to a parking area on the left side of the road.
To access the shore of Lake Champlain and the silver maple swamp: Take Lake Shore Road north for 0.2 miles and turn right onto Cemetery Road. Take Cemetery Road 1.7 miles to Dickinson Point Road. Take Dickson Point Road north for 1.7 miles to Harmony Lane. Turn left onto Harmony Lane. The parking area is on the left 0.1 mile, just pass the 90° turn in the road. Please note: Harmony Lane is a private road, please do not park on the road.
The Monty's Bay WMA map shows the location of roads, parking areas and other facilities.