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Indian River

Wildlife Management Area Overview

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Winter view of Indian River WMA wetlandsIndian River WMA is a 968-acre tract of land located in the Town of Theresa, northern Jefferson County. The WMA 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).

What to do at Indian River WMA

Indian River WMA provides many opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, and canoeing. 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. 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.

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.

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

Facilities and Attractions at Indian River WMA
Available Not Available
Upland Nature Trails*
Wetland Hiking Trails*
Boat Access Accessible features for people with disabilities
Parking Lot Viewing Tower
Birdwatching Scenic Vistas
X-Country Skiing Picnic Areas
Snowshoeing Restrooms
Hunting Camping
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.