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Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area

Sullivan and Orange Co.

Images of a bald eaglein flight and an eagle observation platform

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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

Where to Watch

  • Forested hills, floodplain forest, perched bog
  • Pitch pine-oak-heath woodland

Recreational Opportunities

  • 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
  • Fishing
  • Boating (electric motors only, except on Swinging Bridge Reservoir)

Accessible Features

International Symbol of AccessibilityThe 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)

Closest Town

Port Jervis


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Contact Information

Telephone: NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife in New Paltz regional office: 845-256-3098

Address: County Route 43, Forestburgh, NY 12777

Website: Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area

Photo Credits: Jim Clayton, Sue Shafer, Jim Clayton