Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area
Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA), totaling 4949 acres, dominates the northeastern portion of Onondaga County. Cicero Swamp is easily accessed by using Rte. 298 on the east, Rte. 31 all across the north and Taft Road from the south. Island Road, off of Northern Boulevard, provides excellent entry from the west.
Cicero Swamp WMA is low and wet with islands of upland scattered throughout. Of particular interest is the presence of the pygmy rattlesnake, an endangered species in New York State. There are some upland fields that continue to be mowed and/or burned, and there are active muck farms to the west of the state ownership. Wildlife associated with upland and water are common and include: white-tailed deer, squirrel, beaver, muskrat, raccoon, mink, fox, coyote, fisher and turkey. A large variety of songbirds as well as ruffed grouse, woodcock and waterfowl are also on the area.
Objectives for the WMA
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. Management techniques to provide the food, cover and shelter requirements for various wildlife species are carried out with monies derived mainly from hunting license fees and federal taxes on sporting arms and ammunition.
Numerous recreational opportunities associated with wildlife exist. Hunting, trapping and fishing are permitted in accordance with statewide regulations. Birding, nature study, hiking, cross country skiing and wildlife observation are also popular activities. Since Cicero Swamp is a Wildlife Management Area, activities not compatible with wildlife objectives are prohibited. A few of the prohibited activities include: off road vehicular travel (i.e. cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and all terrain vehicles), swimming and boating with motors.
For More Information Contact:
Regional Wildlife Manger, Region 7
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-3095 ext. 247