Bog Brook Unique Area
- Location: Towns of Southeast and Patterson, Putnam County
- Open: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact: DEC Region 3 Land Management 845-256-3047
- Map: View or download a map of Bog Brook Unique Area (PDF) (612 kB) ll State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 131-acre Bog Brook Unique Area contains several kinds of wetland, including a rich graminoid fen, a type of freshwater wetland that is rare in New York. Other wetland types include open water, emergent marsh and red maple swamp. Old fields, shrublands and patches of young forest are common on the eastern side of the wetland.
White-tailed deer are the main big game species. Waterfowl and other bird species are abundant.
Bog Brook's waters contain chain pickerel, largemouth bass, and yellow perch.
Muskrat, Eastern cottontail, red and gray fox and raccoon are present.
The diverse of habitats of Bog Brook are home to many provides many species of wildlife. An observation tower overlooking the wetland is located just north of the parking area.
The Bog Brook Unique Area is located in eastern Putnam County, about 60 miles north of New York City. It can be reached by taking Foggintown Road west from Route 22, 0.5 miles north of the Route 22/Route 312 intersection. The parking area is 0.4 miles west of Route 22 on the north side of Foggintown Road.
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Please obey all posted regulations and instructions.
The following acts are prohibited:
- Operating any motorized vehicles
- Parking outside of a designated parking area
- Using vessels on any body of water
- Open fires
- discharging firearms except at wildlife which may legally be taken.
How We Manage the Bog Brook Unique Area
Management efforts at Bog Brook Unique Area have focused on the wetland habitat.
- Woody vegetation is periodically removed from the wetland periphery to keep this area free of trees and large shrubs.
- A water control structure was constructed at the southern end of the wetland to maintain water at appropriate levels.
- Wood duck nest boxes have been installed in the marsh and adjacent uplands.
- Biocontrol agents are being used to fight the invasive plant purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
- Prescribed fires are used to reduce the abundance and vigor of common reed (Phragmites australis).
In addition to wetland management, DEC periodically mows the fields on the eastern side of the area to maintain habitat for meadow-dependent wildlife species such as bluebirds.
Nearby State Lands to Visit
- Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area (to the north on Rte. 22)
- Great Swamp Wildlife ManagementArea (to the north on Rte. 22)
- Big Buck Mountain State Forest
- Ninham Mountain Multiple Use Area
- California Hill State Forest
Nearby Attractions and Amenities
Visit the Putnam County Tourism website (leaves DEC's website) to get information on local attractions, lodging, restaurants and shopping.