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Indian River Wildlife Management Area

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Winter view of Indian River WMA wetlands

Indian River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Indian River WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 968 acre tract of land which consists of 432 acres of upland forest (including beech-maple mosaic forest, hemlock-northern hardwood forest, and young northern hardwoods), 25 acres of crop land and fields, and 510 acres of wetland (including deep and shallow emergent marsh, shrub swamp, flood plain forest, red maple-hardwood swamp, and impounded swamp).

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Indian River WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 6A. The several ecological communities present on the Indian River WMA provides diverse habitat and supports a wide variety of game and non-game wildlife species. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Indian River WMA is open for fishing, please see DEC's website for more information on fishing. One car top boat launch is located at the end of Red Lake Road, providing access to Red Lake and the other is off Nelson Road, providing access to the Indian River.

Wildlife Viewing
The several ecological communities present on the Indian River WMA provides diverse habitat and supports a wide variety of game and non-game wildlife species for viewing. 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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Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Indian River WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Fishing
  • 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, Indian River 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.

View the Habitat Management Plan for Indian River Wildlife Management Area (PDF, 2.26 MB), approved in February 2017, which identifies the WMA-specific target species and habitat goals for the WMA.

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.