Indian River Wildlife Management Area
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- Location: Town of Theresa, northern Jefferson County
- Dates of Operation: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact: DEC Region 6 (Watertown) 315-785-2263
- Maps: Indian River Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF, 3 MB) || Indian River Wildlife Management Area Map
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
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).
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.
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.
- Red Lake Road, large parking area, gravel - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC website)
- Red Lake Road, next to Indian River, gravel - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations
The following activities are not permitted in Indian River WMA:
- Using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Swimming or bathing
- 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
- 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.
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.
- Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce (Leaves DEC Website)