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Great Baehre Swamp Wildlife Management Area

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Size: 270 acres

Great Baehre Swamp WMA is located northeast of Buffalo in the Town of Amherst in Erie County. The area is adjacent to the town's Conservation Park. There's a boardwalk on the area for bike use and wildlife observation.

Day Use Activities and Recreational Opportunities

Boardwalk area at Great Baehre Swamp WMA in summer
Boardwalk area at Great Baehre Swamp WMA
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • 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.

Watchable Wildlife

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Users of the area are likely to encounter a variety of wildlife species. The more common species are beaver, muskrat, rabbit, mink, raccoon, fox, a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds, birds of prey, amphibians and reptiles and a variety of song birds.

History

The land was acquired in 1989 by the DEC with funding provided by the Environmental Quality Bond Act of 1986. As mitigation for wetland impacts, the Town of Amherst (under a stewardship agreement) built a 1,300 foot boardwalk through the area which connects state land to their town park. The area consists of nearly 260 acres of shrub swamp, emergent marsh and wetland open water and approximately 10 acres of brush and grassland.

Management

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. 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:

NYS DEC
Region 9 Wildlife Manager
182 East Union Street, Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706
716-372-0645

Directions

Route 78 North (Transit Road) to Klein Road (west) and then north on Hopkins Road