Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area
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- Location: Towns of Conewango and Randolph, Cattaraugus County
- Dates of Operation: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 9 Allegany Office: 716-372 0645 (M-F 8am - 4pm) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 1-877-457-5680 or 911
- Maps: Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF) (103MB) || Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area Map
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Conewango Swamp WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a 9,935 acre wetland habitat made up of three separate parcels. It consists of nearly 830 acres of shrub swamp, emergent marsh and wetland open water and approximately 75 acres of brush and grassland.
Hunting and Trapping
Conewango Swamp WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 9K. Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)
Conewango Swamp WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing. There are 8 miles of public fishing rights easements on Little Conewango Creek, which runs between two of the parcels of the WMA. The nearby Randolph Fish Hatchery stocks the creek with 2,650 yearling brown trout and 200 two-year-old brown trout each spring. The stream also has a small population of wild brown trout. View the Little Conewango Creek PFR map (PDF) (400KB).
Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF) (85 KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) (240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guide.
From Interstate 86, take exit 16 toward Randolph, turn right onto Main Street and then left onto Route 241. Swamp Road and Brown Road, which turn off this route on the left, lead to the WMA parcels.
All Google directions leaves DEC website.
- Northern Swamp Road Unpaved Parking Lot - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Southern Swamp Road Unpaved Parking Lot - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Route 241 Unpaved Parking Lot - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Goodwin Landing Road Unpaved Parking Lot and Hand Launch - Get Google Map Driving Directions
Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations
The following activities are not permitted in Conewango Swamp WMA:
- Using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Swimming (no lifeguard on premises) or bathing
- Kindling fires
- 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
- 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
Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Conewango Swamp WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and, Wildlife and Marine Resources 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 this WMA is to provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species and to permit compatible wildlife related recreational use, which includes: creating a shallow water impoundment to attract waterfowl and conducting annual grassland mowing to keep open fields from reverting to brush and trees.
The area was purchased in 1992 by DEC. It was acquired to ensure the permanent preservation of this diverse natural wetland.
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.
- Cattaraugus County Tourism (Leaves DEC Website)
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.