Canadaway Creek Wildlife Management Area
Size: 2,180 acres
Canadaway Creek WMA is located four miles northeast of the Village of Cassadaga and six miles southeast of the Village of Fredonia in the Town of Arkwright in Chautauqua County.
The area is a broad and deeply dissected upland plateau, characteristic of the county. The landscape of steep slopes is covered primarily with deciduous forest interspersed with conifer plantations. Canadaway Creek runs through the property and is the drainage system for the area.
Day Use Activities and Recreational Opportunities
Meadow in Canadaway Creek WMA
- Conservation Education
- Cross-country Skiing
- Field Dog Trials
- Wildlife Observation
A few activities are prohibited: off road vehicular travel, swimming, boating with motors and camping.
The diverse habitat in the area is home to a variety of wildlife species. Some of the more common species are beaver, muskrat, mink, raccoon, fox, squirrel, deer, grouse, woodcock, turkey and a variety of song birds.
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.
The primary management objective for the area is to maintain high quality habitat for ruffed grouse through a regulated timber management plan. Other wildlife species that utilize the area and will benefit from these practices include white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, woodcock, wild turkey and a variety of song birds.
Secondary management objectives are to provide wildlife related recreation use opportunities and to protect and maintain special wildlife habitats that exist on the area such as: a great blue heron nesting colony, deer wintering areas, raptor nest sites - including the threatened red-shouldered hawk, and several small marshes and ponds.
For more information, call or write to:
Region 9 Wildlife Manager
182 East Union Street, Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706
From Interstate 86: Take Route 60 north to Cassadaga then head east on County Route 72 for approximately 5 miles.