Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area
Size: 935 acres
Conewango Swamp WMA is located approximately 0.5 miles north of the village of Randolph in the Town of Conewango in Cattaraugus County. The area is primarily made up of wetland habitat.
Day Use Activities and Recreational Opportunities
Shrub swamps of Conewango Swamp WMA
- Wildlife Observation
A few activities are prohibited: off road vehicular travel (i.e. cars, trucks, snowmobiles, motorcycles and all terrain vehicles), swimming, boating with motors and camping.
Users of the area are likely to encounter a variety of wildlife species. The more common species are beaver, muskrat, mink, raccoon, mallards, wood ducks, black ducks, Canada geese, deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock, herons and bitterns and a variety of song birds.
The area was purchased in 1992 by DEC. The area consists of nearly 830 acres of shrub swamp, emergent marsh and wetland open water and approximately 75 acres of brush and grassland.
The area was acquired to ensure the permanent preservation of this diverse natural wetland.
Current development and management objectives for the area are to provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species and to permit compatible wildlife related recreational use. A shallow water impoundment was created to attract waterfowl. An annual system of grassland mowing is done to keep open fields from reverting to brush and trees. These activities are carried out with monies derived mainly from hunting license fees and federal taxes on sporting arms and ammunition.
For more information, call or write to:
Region 9 Wildlife Manager
182 East Union Street, Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706
From Interstate 86: Take Randolph Exit head north on Route 241.