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Erwin Wildlife Management Area

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Erwin Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Erwin WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a 2,490 acre upland tract. It's situated approximately 5 miles west of the City of Corning.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Erwin WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 8W. 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. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Erwin WMA is open to fishing, please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing. Fishermen can find Bass, Bullheads, and Panfish in the two man made ponds.

Wildlife Viewing
Many hiking trails provide access for hiking and bird study. Extensive shrub plantings attract a wide variety of songbirds. 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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Erwin WMA 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.

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Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Erwin 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, Erwin 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.

It 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.

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.