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Genesee Valley Wildlife Management Area

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Genesee Valley Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Great Vly WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a 717-acre parcel located in the Genesee River Valley, which has low lands mixed with rolling hills characteristic for that part of the county.

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Hunting & Trapping
Genesee Valley WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 9N and 9P. Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations.(View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Genesee Valley WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing. The warm water section of the Genesee River runs past the WMA. Smallmouth bass are the main sportfish. Rock bass are present in the river and one may occasional see a bluegill, yellow perch or brown bullhead.

Wildlife Viewing
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.

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From Interstate 86, take exit 30 and take a right onto Route 19. Continue north on this route to Fillmore. Turn right onto East Main Street/Route 4 for a short while, then a left onto Route 27B which eventually turns into Otis Smith Road. Follow this road until the end where it enters the WMA. There are no designated parking areas on the unit, however roadside parking is available - Get Google Map driving directions (Leaves DEC Website)

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

Grasslands of Genesee Valley WMA in summer
Grasslands of Genesee Valley WMA

The following activities are not permitted in Genesee Valley WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming (no lifeguard on premises) or bathing
  • Camping
  • 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
  • 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.

How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Genesee Valley WMA 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 this WMA are to maintain high quality wildlife habitat through a regulated timber and grassland management plan and to protect and maintain special wildlife habitats that exist on the area such as: deer wintering areas, raptor nest sites, and the Genesee River corridor.


DEC acquired the area in 2001 as a gift from the Russell family.

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.