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Cranberry Creek Wildlife Management Area

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Memorial grave site at Cranberry Creek WMA

Cranberry Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Cranberry Creek WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 13.4 acre tract of land which consists primarily of wooded upland and wetland that includes a deep emergent marsh. The WMA also has a memorial grave site dedicated to the American soldiers that died during the War of 1812 Battle of Cranberry Creek. There are informational signs depicting the history of the battle.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Cranberry Creek Wildlife Management Area is in Wildlife Management Unit 6A. Despite its small size, this WMA is open to hunting and trapping. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Cranberry Creek WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing.

Wildlife Viewing
This habitat supports rare reptiles and birds like the Blandings turtle and least bittern, warm water fish, furbearers, and waterfowl. There is a short foot trail from the parking area allowing easy access to the memorial grave site and the waters edge. 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.

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Northern tip of Jefferson County, north of the village of Alexandria Bay on State Route 12 and 1.5 miles on Swan Hollow Road.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Cranberry Mountain WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Fishing
  • Landing of boats or hunting on the barrier beach
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Picnicking
  • 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.

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How We Manage

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Cranberry Mountain 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.