Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area
- Open for Recreation: Year Round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 9 Wildlife Manager (Allegany): 716-372-0645
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 1-877-457-5680 (24 hours) or 911
- Location: Towns of Clymer and Sherman in Chautauqua County
- Wildlife Management Unit : 9J
- Maps: Printable Map Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF, 1.79 MB) || Alder Bottom WMA || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is 818 acres and is located approximately 15 miles west of the city of Jamestown. The area is primarily made up of wetland habitat.
Alder Bottom WMA in winter
Hunting and Trapping
General information on hunting and trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
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.
From Interstate 86, take Exit 6 in Sherman to Route 76 and follow this road south for about four miles.
All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
Get Google Map Driving Directions (Link leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety
Alder Bottom WMA in spring
Activity Rules & Regulations:
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations (Leaves DEC website)
The following activities are not permitted in Alder Bottom WMA:
- Off Road Vehicular Travel, including:
- All-terrain vehicles
- Boating with motors
Outdoor Safety Tips:
How We Manage Alder Bottom WMA
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.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
- North Harmony State Forest
- Whalen Memorial State Forest
- Panama State Forest
- Brokenstraw State Forest
Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
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.
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.