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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • While there are no WMAs on Long Island or in New York City, there are public lands available for use in those regions.

Click on a region in the left column to find a list of WMAs in each area - there's probably one near you!

Habitat Management Plans

Site-specific 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 Capital District WMA Rensselaer
4 Louise E. Keir WMA Albany
4 Margaret Burke WMA Albany
4 Partridge Run WMA Albany
4 Stockport WMA Columbia
4 Vinegar Hill WMA Greene
4 Vosburgh Swamp WMA Greene
6 Ashland Flats WMA Jefferson
6 Cranberry Creek WMA Jefferson
6 Honeyville WMA Jefferson
6 Indian River WMA Jefferson
6 Oriskany Flats WMA Oneida
6 Plantation Island WMA Herkimer
6 Rome WMA Oneida
6 Tug Hill WMA Lewis
6 Upper and Lower Lakes WMA St. Lawrence
6 Utica Marsh WMA Oneida
6 Wilson Hill WMA St. Lawrence
7 Cicero Swamp WMA Onondaga
7 Connecticut Hill WMA Schuyler/Tompkins
7 Pharsalia WMA Chenango
7 Tioughnioga WMA Madison
7 Three Rivers WMA Onondaga
8 Conesus Inlet WMA Livingston
8 Helmer Creek WMA Steuben
8 High Tor WMA Ontario/Yates
8 Honeoye Creek WMA Ontario
8 Lake Shore Marshes WMA Wayne
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
9 Harwood Lake MUA Cattaraugus
9 Kabob WMA Chautauqua
Habitat Management Plans in Progress
Region Wildlife Management Area County
3 Bog Brook Unique Area Putnam
3 Mongaup Valley WMA Sullivan/Orange
3 Tivoli Bays WMA Dutchess
4 Bear Spring Mountain Delaware
4 Doodletown WMA Columbia
6 Black Pond WMA Jefferson
6 Collins Landing WMA Jefferson
6 Fish Creek WMA St. Lawrence
6 French Creek WMA Jefferson
6 Lakeview WMA Jefferson
6 Point Peninsula WMA Jefferson
7 Deer Creek WMA Oswego
7 Happy Valley WMA Oswego
8 Erwin WMA Steuben
8 Honeoye Inlet Ontario/Livingston
8 John White WMA Niagara/Genesee/Orleans
8 Northern Montezuma WMA Wayne/Cayuga
8 Oak Orchard WMA Orleans/Genesee
8 Tonawanda WMA Orleans/Erie/Niagara/Genesee
8 Willard WMA Seneca
9 Keeney Swamp WMA Allegany

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