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Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area

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The Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area is a 1,106 acre area located 15 miles southeast of Jamestown. This ecologically diverse area is home to hardwood forests as well as grasslands, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, swallows, and spiny soft-shelled turtles.

Featured Activities

Allegheny Reservoir WMA grasslands
Allegheny Reservoir WMA grasslands

Hunting & Trapping
General information on hunting and trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Deer, game birds, and a variety of other games species are available for hunting and trapping opportunities.

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Panfish and northern pike are found in the area during the spring.

Wildlife Viewing
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.


From Interstate 86: Take Steamburg Exit 17 and head south on West Perimeter Road (State Route 950A) for approximately six miles.

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations:

The following activities are not permitted in Allegheny Reservoir WMA:

  • Off Road Vehicular Travel, including:
    • Cars
    • Trucks
    • Snowmobiles
    • Motorcycles
    • All-terrain vehicles
  • Swimming
  • Boating with Motors
  • Camping

Outdoor Safety Tips:

How We Manage Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area

Wildlife Restoration

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Allegheny Reservoir 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.

The following highlights some of the principal management objectives and techniques for the Allegheny Reservoir WMA:

  • To provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species and allow outdoor recreational opportunities.


Allegheny Reservoir WMA was part of the lands acquired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that created the Allegheny Reservoir from the construction of the Kinzua Dam, which is located 9.7 miles upstream from Warren, Pennsylvania. Since 1992, the property has been leased to the DEC and is managed by the Region 9 Bureau of Wildlife. Half of the area is forested with mixed hardwoods and conifers and the remaining half is comprised of brush land and grassland.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Cattaraugus County Tourism (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.