Putts Creek Wildlife Management Area
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- Location: Town of Crown Point, Essex County along the Wolcott Road
- Dates of Operation: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact: DEC Region 5 (Ray Brook) 518-897-1291
- Maps: Putts Creek Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF) (2.5MB) || Putts Creek Wildlife Management Area Map
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Putts Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Putts Creek WMA are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. The WMA encompasses 113 acres. It was purchased in 1967 from Jeannette H. Clark with monies from the Park and Recreation Land Acquisition Bond Act of 1960.
Hunting and Trapping
Putts Creek WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 5G. Waterfowl, deer, turkey, and gray squirrel entice hunters to Putts Creek while beavers and muskrats attract the interest of trappers. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)
Access to the stream and marsh is readily available after a short hike down the foot trail or by boat from Lake Champlain. Fish here for northern pike, bass, panfish and bullhead.
A marked trail from the parking area will take you to your choice of three scenic observation points. Each overlooks the marsh from different locations. These moderate, level footpaths can be used for additional outdoor recreation, such as hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and education. A variety of species can be found in the area, including:
- alder flycatcher
- red-winged blackbird
- swamp sparrow
- Virginia rail
- wood duck
- least bittern
- blue-gray gnatcatcher
- eastern wood pewee
- least flycatcher
- northern oriole
- red-eyed vireo
- warbling vireo
- yellow warbler
Take State Route 9N/22 to Lake Road, approximately 0.5 miles north of the 4-way stop near Ticonderoga. Turn east onto Lake Road - turn right if coming from south or turn left if coming from the north. Take Lake Road east 0.5 mile to Wolcott Road. Turn right onto Wolcott Road. Take Wolcott Road east approximately 0.3 miles and turn right onto a short gravel road that leads to a 5 car parking area located just west of the railroad crossing. Look for the large DEC sign marking the entrance of this road. - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations
The following activities are not permitted in Putts Creek WMA:
- Unless specifically stated, using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Swimming or bathing
- 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
- Storage of personal property
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)
How We Manage
Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Putts Creek WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 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.
The northern end of the parcel is successional Northern hardwood forest with red oak, sugar maple, red maple, aspen and white pine being the primary species. A commercial orchard borders the north end of the property providing an excellent fall food source of apples for grouse, whitetail deer and a variety of songbirds.
Highlighting the southern portion of the parcel is the main channel stream, Putnam Creek, and an exceptional example of a deep emergent marsh. Wood duck boxes sprinkle the marsh to provide waterfowl nesting opportunities.
Along the stream bank is a flood plain forest of silver maple, cottonwood and green ash. Adjoining that are sections of shrub swamp.
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
- Hammond Pond Wild Forest
- Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
- Crown Point Campground
- Putnam Pond Campground
- Lincoln Pond Campground
- Rogers Rock Campground
- Ticonderoga Boat Launch
- Fort Ticonderoga (Leaves DEC website)
- Crown Point State Historic Park (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food and supplies, dining, and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Port Henry, Crown Point, and Ticonderoga.