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Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area

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Alder Bottom WMA in winter
Alder Bottom WMA in winter

Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Alder Bottom WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is 818 acres and is located approximately 15 miles west of the city of Jamestown. The area is primarily made up of wetland habitat.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Alder Bottom WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 9J. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Wildlife Viewing
Users of the area are likely to encounter a variety of wildlife species. The more common species are beaver, muskrat, mink, raccoon, mallards, wood ducks, black ducks, Canada geese, deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock, herons and bitterns and a variety of song birds. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF 453 KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF 240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guide.

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From Interstate 86, take Exit 6 in Sherman to Route 76 and follow this road south for about four miles - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC Website)

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Alder Bottom WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming (no lifeguard on premises) or bathing
  • Camping
  • Using metal detectors, searching for or removing historic or cultural artifacts without a permit
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs 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, Alder Bottom 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.

Current development and management objectives for the area are to provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species and to permit compatible wildlife related recreational use. A shallow water impoundment was created to attract waterfowl. An annual system of grassland mowing is done to keep open fields from reverting to brush and trees. These activities are carried out with monies derived mainly from hunting license fees and federal taxes on sporting arms and ammunition.


The area was purchased in 1991 by DEC with funds from the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act. The area consists of nearly 700 acres of shrub swamp, emergent marsh and wetland open water and approximately 100 acres of brush and grassland. The area was acquired to ensure the permanent preservation of this diverse natural wetland.

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.

Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau (Leaves DEC Website)

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings. Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (Leaves DEC Website) for information on outdoor guides.