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Honeoye Creek Wildlife Management Area

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The primary purposes of Honeoye Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 717-acre parcel that was purchased in 1988 with funds from the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act. The WMA consists of agricultural fields, brush lots, woodlands, and swamps that provide a varied habitat fro many species of wildlife.

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General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Please stay on the designated trails to protect the diversity and richness of the plant communities found within this area.

Hunting and Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 8H

General information on hunting and general information on trapping include how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules, and regulations.

Hunting and trapping are allowed within Honeoye Creek WMA. Please be sure to abide by all game laws (view hunting seasons and trapping seasons).



General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules, and regulations.



General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

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.

Honeoye Creek WMA Brown Sign


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All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Honeoye Creek Wildlife Area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Honeoye Creek 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).

How We Manage Honeoye Creek Wildlife Management Area

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Honeoye Creek WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing, and 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.

Management of the area emphasizes habitat conservation for wildlife, compatible public use, and enjoyment of the area's attributes and serves as an educational demonstration area for land management techniques. View the Habitat Management Plan for Honeoye Creek Wildlife Management Area (PDF, 3.03 MB), approved in October 2017, which identifies the WMA-specific target species and habitat goals for the WMA.

Unit Management Plan

In early 2015 the Department started the development process of a new Unit Management Plan by combining Honeoye Inlet Wildlife Management Area with eight other properties to create the Northern Finger Lakes Unit Management Plan. Properties in the Northern Finger Lakes UMP are located in five counties: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, and Yates. They include:

The Draft Northern Finger Lakes Unit Management Plan is available to download.

You are encouraged to review the draft UMP and provide comments on the proposed plan. You are invited to attend a public information meeting on August 15, 2017, at the NYS DEC Region 8 Headquarters - Conference Room, 6274 Avon-Lima Rd, Avon, NY 14414.

A half-hour presentation on the draft plan will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by a question and answer period. Staff will be available until 8:30 pm to accept comments. The NYS DEC Region 8 Headquarters -Conference Room is wheelchair accessible.

Please contact Linda Vera at (585) 226-5324 for any further specific accommodations by August 1, 2017.

Comment Period

The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed plan until September 18, 2017. In addition to any comments received at the meetings, written comments may be emailed or mailed to NYSDEC, 7291 Coon Rd. Bath, NY 14810.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Web links below can provide information about other recreation, attractions, and amenities in this area.

State Lands and Facilities

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.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions, and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories, or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.