Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area
Sullivan and Orange Co.
Our national symbol, the bald eagle, is the star of this wilderness about 75 miles northwest of New York City. Mongaup has been designated a Bird Conservation Area because of its unique combination of habitats important to bird species, including forests, reservoirs and river habitat, where the majestic birds nest and overwinter.
Wildlife to Watch
- Migrating raptors--bald eagles, goshawks, turkey vultures, red-tailed, red-shouldered and sparrow hawks
- Great-horned, barn, barred and screech owls
- Woodcocks, redhead, ring-necked and canvasback ducks
- White-tailed deer, black bears, porcupines, gray and red foxes, otters, beavers, coyotes
- Eastern timber rattlesnakes, spotted salamanders
Where to Watch
- Forested hills, floodplain forest, perched bog
- Pitch pine-oak-heath woodland
- Eagle observation blinds on County Route 43 and Plank Road are accessible for persons with disabilities and have accessible parking (Visitors should view eagles either from their vehicles or the blinds, rather than on foot, to avoid disturbing the eagles)
- Hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
- Hunting and trapping
- Boating (electric motors only, except on Swinging Bridge Reservoir)
The eagle observation blinds are accessible for persons with disabilities and have accessible parking.
A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.
11,855 acres (some access restrictions)
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Telephone: NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife in New Paltz regional office: 845-256-3098
Address: County Route 43, Forestburgh, NY 12777
Photo Credits: Jim Clayton, Sue Shafer, Jim Clayton