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Honeyville Wildlife Management Area

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Honeyville Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Honeyville WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is primarily an open water and emergent marsh impoundment with a limited amount of old field and shrub dominated uplands. These habitats combine for a total WMA size of 110 acres. The WMA's open water is visible to the north of State Route 177 at Honeyville. This WMA was acquired in 1966 and its impoundment developed as wetland habitat for nesting and migratory waterfowl. Current public access is very limited, consisting of a short section of road frontage on Fuller Road, marked with state WMA signs. The area does not have any developed parking areas, trails, or other access facilities. However, this beautiful, undeveloped piece of public property is well worth the access effort to experience and enjoy. Possibly the WMA's best feature is the shoreline, natural and undeveloped, which is rare in today's world.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Honeyville WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 6G. White-tailed deer, cottontail rabbit and ruffed grouse are found on the upland portions of the area. Local furbearing species include raccoon, muskrat, beaver and coyote. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Honeyville WMA is open to fishing, please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing.

Wildlife Viewing
Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. 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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Located in Jefferson County 8 miles south of Watertown, and 2 miles east of Adams Center

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Honeyville WMA:

  • 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.

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How We Manage

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

Management objectives of the Honeyville WMA include the maintenance of habitat diversity to benefit a wide variety of both game and non-game wildlife species. Current emphasis is placed on maintaining water level control on the impoundment to create a stable habitat of open water and emergent marsh which is critical for water dependent birds during nesting and brooding season. The Honeyville WMA attracts an abundance of migrating waterfowl both during the spring and fall. In particular Canada and snow geese use the area as a migration rest stop. While there, geese use the impoundment as a roost and to gain access to nearby farm fields. Other wetland dependent bird species such as pied billed grebe, American bittern, as well as variety of grassland and woodland associated bird species, can also be observed on this area.

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.