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Wildlife Management Areas

Like to hunt, trap, fish, or watch wildlife?

Visit any of the state's numerous Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and explore their forests, open fields, streams, ponds, wetlands, and scenic vistas. These are your lands - owned by New York State and operated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Bureau of Wildlife.

  • More than 110 WMAs are scattered across the state for your use and enjoyment. Together, these areas contain nearly 197,000 acres - including 124,000 acres of forests and grasslands and 53,000 acres of wetland - providing enough room for a lot of us to get outdoors, have fun, and not get in anyone's way. The Bureau of Wildlife manages an additional 58,000 acres of land, including Unique Areas and Multiple Use Areas, for a total of over 170 areas to visit.
  • Some activities may require permits and fees. We strongly advise you to call the appropriate DEC Regional wildlife telephone number prior to visiting any WMA. By doing so, you can quickly learn more about a specific area, its uses and facilities.
  • You may wish to purchase a good quality highway/recreation map at your local bookstore. These maps typically indicate the location of wildlife management areas, state parks and other outdoor recreation sites.
  • Each WMAs has its own page that lists allowable activities and available facilities. These are organized by DEC region. Scroll down to see which counties are in each region.
  • While there are no WMAs on Long Island or in New York City, there are public lands available for use in those regions.

Check out the list of WMA's in the left column - there's probably one near you!

Habitat Management Plans

Habitat Management Plans are being developed for Wildlife Management Areas and other properties overseen by DEC's Bureau of Wildlife, including select Multiple Use and Unique Areas. The goals of the plans are to guide habitat management decisions, which benefit wildlife and support wildlife-related recreation. The plans guide management for a ten year time period, after which time the plans will be assessed and modified if needed.

These plans incorporate management recommendations from:

  • Unit Management Plans,
  • existing WMA habitat management guidelines,
  • NY Natural Heritage Program's WMA Biodiversity Inventory Reports,
  • Bird Conservation Area guidelines, and
  • other documents available for individual WMAs.

List of Completed Habitat Management Plans

To view completed habitat management plans, click on a WMA then scroll down to "How We Manage"
Region Wildlife Management Area County
3 Cranberry Mountain WMA Putnam
4 Louise E. Keir WMA Albany
4 Margaret Burke WMA Albany
4 Stockport WMA Columbia
4 Vinegar Hill WMA Greene
6 Ashland Flats WMA Jefferson
6 Indian River WMA Jefferson
6 Oriskany Flats WMA Oneida
6 Rome WMA Oneida
6 Tug Hill WMA Lewis
6 Upper and Lower Lakes WMA St. Lawrence
6 Utica Marsh WMA Oneida
7 Cicero Swamp WMA Onondaga
7 Pharsalia WMA Chenango
7 Tioughnioga WMA Madison
8 Helmer Creek WMA Steuben
8 High Tor WMA Ontario/Yates
8 Rattlesnake Hill WMA Livingston/Allegany
8 Stid Hill MUA Ontario
8 West Cameron WMA Steuben
9 Canadaway Creek WMA Chautauqua
9 Hanging Bog WMA Allegany
Habitat Management Plans in Progress
Region Wildlife Management Area County
3 Mongaup Valley WMA Sullivan/Orange
3 Tivoli Bays WMA Dutchess
4 Bear Spring Mountain Delaware
4 Capital District WMA Rensselaer
4 Partridge Run WMA Albany
4 Vosburgh Swamp WMA Greene
6 Black Pond WMA Jefferson
6 Collins Landing WMA Jefferson
6 Cranberry Creek WMA Jefferson
6 Honeyville WMA Jefferson
6 Lakeview WMA Jefferson
6 Plantation Island WMA Herkimer
6 Wilson Hill WMA St. Lawrence
7 Connecticut Hill WMA Schuyler/Tompkins
8 Honeoye Creek WMA Ontario
8 John White WMA Niagara/Genesee/Orleans
8 Lake Shore Marshes WMA Wayne
8 Northern Montezuma WMA Wayne/Cayuga
8 Oak Orchard WMA Orleans/Genesee
8 Tonawanda WMA Orleans/Erie/Niagara/Genesee
8 Willard WMA Seneca
9 Harwood Lake MUA Cattaraugus
9 Kabob WMA Chautauqua
9 Keeney Swamp WMA Allegany

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