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Erwin

Wildlife Management Area

History and Features:

The Erwin Wildlife Management Area, a 2,490 acre upland tract located in the Town of Erwin, Steuben County, is situated approximately 5 miles west of the City of Corning. From the north the area can be accessed from Smith Hill Road off the Coopers Plains exit of Route 17. From the south the area can be accessed from Weaver Hollow Road off the Gang Mills exit of Route 15. Erwin WMA was purchased in 1928 by New York State. Since that time, management projects creating wildlife openings, marsh ponds, and tree and shrub plantations have enhanced wildlife habitat. Success of this management is evident in the abundant harvest of wildlife from Erwin. Area vegetation is primarily second growth hardwoods with softwoods and other interesting species intermixed. There was extensive logging prior to state purchase of the land, and it is challenging to attempt to locate some of the ancient hardwood species which still remain.

For hunters, there is a variety of game available. Deer, wild turkey, grey squirrels, raccoons and ruffed grouse are the primary species. Small marsh pond units provide limited hunting for waterfowl. Fishermen can find Bass, Bullheads, and Panfish in the two man made ponds.

Many hiking trails provide access for hiking, cross country skiing, and bird study. Extensive shrub plantings attract a wide variety of songbirds.

Rules for Use:

  • Hunting, trapping, fishing and other forms of wildlife-based recreation are permitted in accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Law and Regulations.
  • Boundaries and parking areas are clearly marked, and any special regulations are conspicuously posted at all access points.
  • The use of motorized vehicles is prohibited throughout the area.
Erwin Facility Information
Activity Availability
Upland Yes
Wetland No
Hiking Trails* Yes
Nature Trails* No
Boat Access No
Parking Lot Yes
Viewing Tower No
Scenic Vistas Yes
Picnic Areas No
Restrooms No
Birdwatching Yes
Camping No
X-Country Skiing Yes
Snowshoeing Yes
Hunting Yes
Fishing Yes
Trapping Yes
Endangered Species No
Unusual Plants No

* A nature trail can be used as a hiking trail, a hiking trail differs from a nature trails in that a nature trail usually has printed information along the trails and often has a brochure