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Helmer Creek

Fish and Wildlife Management Area

Helmer Creek WMA

History and Features:

The Helmer Creek Wildlife Management Area is located in the Town of Rathbone in Steuben County, approximately ten miles northwest of Addison. The area is administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to provide habitat for native species of wildlife representative to this area of the state and to provide compatible recreational use of these natural resources.

The area consists of 126 acres of open land and woodland that is frequented by deer, squirrels, turkeys, songbirds, and other interesting species. The area is easily accessed from County Road 119, which runs between Addison and Canisteo. A parking area is provided for the convenience of area visitors. Three state forests exist nearby to explore.

Permitted uses of the area include hiking, wildlife observation, nature study, hunting, trapping, photography, and other day-use activities. Camping, off-road vehicles, placement of permanent blinds, removal of vegetation, and littering are prohibited. Please respect these lands and the rights of neighbors and other users of the area while visiting.

Helmer Creek Facility Information
Activity Availability
Upland No
Wetland Yes
Hiking Trails* Yes
Nature Trails* Yes
Boat Access Yes
Parking Lot No
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