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Honeyville 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. Honeyville WMA is located in Jefferson County 8 miles south of Watertown, and 2 miles east of Adams Center. The WMA's open water is visible to the north of State Route 177 at Honeyville.

Honeyville 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.

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.

While exploring this WMA you may see a white-tailed deer skirting the impoundment, or observe furbearer species such as a muskrat, mink, raccoon, or fox. A beaver may slap his tail out on the pond at dusk, warning the world that you had been seen.

What to do at Honeyville WMA

Public use of the Honeyville WMA includes hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation and bird watching. In addition to wetland birds, waterfowl and shorebird resources/viewing opportunities, 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.

Restricted Activities

General restrictions on WMA's can be found in the Title 6, NYCRR, Part 51, Section 51.1 through 51.6 (link leaves DEC website.) The use of snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles is prohibited on the WMA by posted notice. Camping is prohibited.

For more information, contact:
Regional Wildlife Manager, Region 6
NYS Dept. Of Environmental Conservation
317 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Facilities and Attractions at Honeyville WMA
Available Not Available
Upland Nature Trails*
Wetland Hiking Trails*
Birdwatching Accessible features for people with disabilities
X-Country Skiing Boat Access
Snowshoeing Viewing Tower
Hunting Scenic Vistas
Fishing Picnic Areas
Trapping Restrooms
Parking Lot
Endangered Species
Unusual Plants

* A nature trail can be used as a hiking trail. In addition to allowing hiking, a nature trail usually has printed information along the trail and often has a printed brochure available.