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Canadaway Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Canadaway Creek WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a2,180-acre broad and deeply dissected upland plateau, characteristic of the county. The landscape of steep slopes is covered primarily with deciduous forest mixed with conifer plantations. Canadaway Creek runs through the property.

Featured Activities

Hunting & Trapping
Canadaway Creek WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 9K. There are hunting opportunities for white-tailed deer, bear, and turkey, or trap for beaver, muskrat, mink, raccoon, or fox. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Canadaway Creek WMA is open to fishing, please visit Dec's website for more information about fishing. Fish for brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout in Canadaway Creek during the spring. The section of the creek within the WMA is stocked with 2050 yearling brook trout and 50 two-year old brown trout each spring

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.

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From Interstate 86 take Route 60 north to Cassadaga then head east on County Route 72 for approximately 5 miles.

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

Meadow in Canadaway Creek Wildlife Management Area
Meadow in Canadaway Creek WMA

The following activities are not permitted in Canadaway Creek 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.

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How We Manage

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Canadaway Creek Wildlife Management Area 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.

Some of the principal management objectives and techniques for the Canadaway Creek WMA are to maintain high quality habitat for ruffed grouse through a regulated timber management plan and to provide wildlife related recreation use opportunities and to protect and maintain special wildlife habitats that exist on the area.

View the Habitat Management Plan for Canadaway Creek Wildlife Management Area (PDF, 2.46 MB), approved in March 2017, which identifies the WMA-specific target species and habitat goals for the WMA.


The federal government became interested in the area in the mid-1930's. Under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture acquired the area by the late 1930's. The land remained under federal government control until 1961 when title to this property was deeded to the State of New York. By 1964 an additional 165 acres was acquired under the Park and Recreation Land Acquisition Act.

From the early 1940's through the mid-1950's numerous conifer plantations were established. Since then, some of these plantations have be cut and thinned. Also, other activities such as hardwood cutting and thinning, mowing of abandoned pasture and cultivated fields, planting of grain and legumes, planting of food producing shrubs, conifer seedlings for wildlife cover, development of marshes, potholes and ponds and construction of roads for management and public access has taken place.

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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