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Victory Mills Wildlife Management Area

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Lands along Fish Creek at the northern end of Victory Mills Wildlife Management Area

Victory Mills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Victory Mills WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA comprises 47 acres of natural wetlands and a section of Fish Creek. It is located between State Route 32 and Haas Road near the Village of Victory in the Town of Saratoga, Saratoga County, New York.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Victory Mills WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 5R. Waterfowl entice hunters to Victory Mills, while muskrat and mink attract the interest of trappers. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Fishing
Victory Mills WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing.

Wildlife Viewing
Victory Mills Wildlife Management Area has a diverse array of birds and mammals. These include waterfowl such as wood ducks, mallards, teal, and black ducks, as well as other wetland dependent bird species. Mammals may include muskrats, beaver, mink, and possibly river otter. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF) (85KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) (240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guides.

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Directions

From Schuylerville take State Route 32 south approximately 1.3 miles and turn left onto Mennen Road. The parking area is on right about 0.1 mile from State Route 32.

  • Parking is not available at this time, but there is access via a narrow strip at the south-eastern corner of the Mennen Rd. bridge crossing over Fish Creek. - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC Website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Victory Mills WMA:

  • Unless specifically stated, 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). 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.

How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Victory Mills WMA 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.

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.