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Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area

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Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Cicero Swamp WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA dominates the northeastern portion of Onondaga County. It is low and wet with upland islands scattered throughout its 4,949 acres. Most of the wetland complex is dominated by sphagnum moss and rich soils supporting black spruce, tamarack, stunted white pine and leatherleaf ferns.

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Hunting & Trapping Cicero Swamp WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 7F. White-tailed deer, waterfowl and variety of small game species offer ample hunting opportunities (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons).

Cicero Swamp WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing.

Wildlife Viewing
Its unique habitat supports a variety of wildlife including populations of endangered species such as the short eared owl, along with many other species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Use both the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF 453 KB) and Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF 240 KB) as wildlife viewing guides.

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Cicero Swamp is easily accessed by using Route 298 on the east, Route 31 all across the north and Taft Road from the south. Island Road, off of Northern Boulevard, provides excellent entry from the west.

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Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity, Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted at Cicero Swamp WMA:

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

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How We Manage

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Cicero Swamp 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.

Current objectives for the area are to provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species and to permit wildlife related recreational uses compatible with wildlife. One management technique currently used on site includes mowing and/or burning of some upland fields to maintain important open habitat.

View the Habitat Management Plan for Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area (PDF, 2.57 MB), approved in August 2016, which identifies the WMA-specific target species and habitat goals for the WMA. An overview of the Cicero Swamp WMA plan (PDF, 1.72 MB) was presented at a public meeting in September 2016.

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.

  • Onondaga County Tourism Office (Leaves DEC website)

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