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Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area

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Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Allegheny Reservoir WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This 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

Hunting & Trapping
Allegheny Reservoir WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 9R. Deer, game birds, and a variety of other games species are available for hunting and trapping opportunities. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Allegheny Reservoir WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing. Panfish and northern pike are found in the area during the spring.

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Wildlife Viewing
Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. 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.


From Interstate 86, take Steamburg Exit 17 and head south on West Perimeter Road (State Route 950A) for approximately six miles, Anderson Parking area - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC Website)

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

Allegheny Reservoir WMA grasslands
Allegheny Reservoir WMA grasslands

The following activities are not permitted in Allegheny Reservoir WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboat
  • 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

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.


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.

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.

Nearby State Lands

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.

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    Allegany NY 14706
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