Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area
- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 9 Allegany Office: 716-372-0645 (M-F, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PA);firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 1-877-457-5680 or 911
- Location: Town of South Valley in Cattaraugus County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 9R
- Maps: Printable Map (high resolution/quality - PDF, 670 KB) || Allegheny Reservoir WMA Area Map || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
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.
Allegheny Reservoir WMA grasslands
Deer, game birds, and a variety of other games species are available for hunting and trapping opportunities.
Panfish and northern pike are found in the area during the spring.
- Mammal - beaver, muskrat, mink, raccoon, fox, squirrel, deer
- Birds - ruffed grouse, woodcock, turkey, and a variety of song birds
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.
- Anderson Parking Area: Get Google Map Driving Directions (leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations:
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations (Leaves DEC website)
The following activities are not permitted in Allegheny Reservoir WMA:
- Off Road Vehicular Travel, including:
- All-terrain vehicles
- Boating with Motors
Outdoor Safety Tips:
How We Manage Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area
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.