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Point Peninsula Wildlife Management Area


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Point Peninsula Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Point Peninsula WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 1,045-acre parcel. It is divided by Beach, South Shore and Pine Woods roads. The Point Peninsula WMA is a natural wetland complex consisting of sand beach, dune, emergent marsh, grassland and wooded shrub swamp. The WMA is predominantly wetlands, with mix of grasslands and wetlands on the property's eastern edge. Late summer mowing is conducted every or every other year to prevent grassland succession to brushland or young forest. Shallow soils afford the grass species relatively slow growth. Mowing is conducted by cooperative agreements with the DEC and private landowners to prevent grassland succession to brushland or young forest. The upland area is predominantly old farm fields and hay fields. The DEC, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, is constructing two new wetland complexes on the WMA.

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Hunting and Trapping
Point Peninsula WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 6A. Public use of this WMA includes hunting, trapping, wildlife observation and bird watching. Hunting and trapping occurs during open statewide seasons and hunting hours. The area is popular for deer hunting. No permits are required to use the WMA. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

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

Wildlife Viewing
The WMA is home to many species of small game, white-tailed deer and multiple species of grassland nesting birds. Point Peninsula is located in a bird migration corridor and provides important stopover and feeding habitats for a wide diversity of migratory bird species. In addition, Point Peninsula may be one of the most critical wintering areas in the Northeastern U.S. for arctic-breeding raptors. The marsh and western shoreline of the WMA supports a breeding population of black terns, as well as substantial populations of breeding and migrating waterfowl.


Point Peninsula Brown Sign

Located on Lake Ontario in Jefferson County on the western edge of Point Peninsula, 8.5 miles southwest of the village of Three Mile Bay.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Point Peninsula WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • Kindling fires
  • 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)

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How We Manage

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Point Peninsula WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 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.

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.