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Waneta-Lamoka Wildlife Management Area

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Waneta-Lamoka Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Waneta-Lamoka WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. The area consists of 165 acres of marsh and open water. This tract of land lies between Waneta and Lamoka Lakes, two of New York's smaller Finger Lakes.

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

Waneta-Lamoka WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing. A boat launch provides access to Waneta and Lamoka lakes where excellent fishing opportunities exist.

Wildlife Viewing
This WMA provides habitat for waterfowl, furbearers, songbirds, fish, and wetland-dependent wildlife. 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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The area is easily accessed from County Road 23, approximately seven miles east of Hammondsport. The popular Sugar Hill State Forest and Watkins Glen State Park are located nearby.

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Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Waneta-Lamoka 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, Waneta-Lamoka 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.