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Cayuga Lake Wildlife Management Area

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Cayuga Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Cayuga Lake WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is located at the north end of the Cayuga Lake in Seneca County, and is comprised of 225 acres of cattail marsh and wooded swamps. Approximately 138 acres of which are owned by the Department of Transportation and managed by DEC under a temporary permit. The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge lies to the north of this area, and together these lands provide an excellent place to go to enjoy wildlife and the out-of-doors.

Featured Activities

Hunting & Trapping
Cayuga Lake WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 8J. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Cayuga Lake WMA is open to fishing, please visit Dec's website for more information about fishing.

Wildlife Viewing
Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. Use both the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF 453 KB) and Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF 240 KB) as wildlife viewing guides.

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Access to the area is from Demont Road off NY 89 or by boat from the public launch site at the Cayuga Lake State Park two miles to the south.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Cayuga Lake WMA:

  • Unless specifically stated, using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • Using metal detectors, searching for or removing historic or cultural artifacts without a permit
  • 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

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.

How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Cayuga Lake 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.

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.