Collins Landing Wildlife Management Area
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- Location: Alexandria, Jefferson County
- Dates of Operation: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact: DEC Region 6 (Watertown) 315-785-2263
- Maps: Collins Landing Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF, 1 MB) || Collins Landing Wildlife Management Area Map
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Collins Landing Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Collins Landing WMA are wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a total of 44 acres of land in 2 parcels. Both parcels are accessed from Collins Landing Road. Collins Landing includes 14 acres of upland and 30 acres of wetland. The upland consists of three ecological communities: shrubland, pine-northern hardwood forest, and early growth northern hardwoods. The wetlands are a mixture of deep emergent marsh, shrub swamp, flood plain forest, and red maple-hardwood swamp.
Hunting and Trapping
Collins Landing Wildlife Management Area is located in Wildlife Management Unit 6G. The variety of ecological communities provide great habitat for wildlife, both game and non-game species. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)
This location along the St. Lawrence River is a great area for bird watching. Many different species have been seen in the area including: common tern, American bittern, and the bald eagle. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF 453 KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF 240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guides.
Towns of Alexandria and Orleans in Jefferson County next to the St. Lawrence River and in the shadow of the Thousand Island Bridge. From Watertown, take I81 north to Seaway Avenue in Orleans Drive to Collins Landing Road. There is no designated parking lots - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC Website)
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations
The following activities are not permitted in Collins Landing WMA:
- Using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Landing of boats or hunting on the barrier beach
- Swimming or bathing
- 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
- 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
Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Collins Landing 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.
- Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce (Leaves DEC Website)