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Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Hanging Bog WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a 4,560 acre area made up of rolling hills, forests, and small fields.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Hanging Bog WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 9W. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Hanging Bog WMA is open to fishing, please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing.

Wildlife Viewing
Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF 453 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 28 and head north on Route 305 to New Hudson Road.

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

Large meadow at Hanging Bog WMA in summer
Large meadow in Hanging Bog WMA

The following activities are not permitted in Hanging Bog WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming (no lifeguard on premises) or bathing
  • Camping
  • Using metal detectors, searching for or removing historic or cultural artifacts without a permit
  • 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, Hanging Bog 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.

A principal management objective and technique for the Hanging Bog is to maintain high quality habitat for ruffed grouse through a regulated timber management plan. View the Habitat Management Plan for Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area (PDF) (3.46 MB), approved in September 2016, which identifies the WMA-specific target species and habitat goals for the WMA.


The federal government became interested in the area in the 1930's. Under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture acquired the area and managed it as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. After 1940, the federal government leased the land to the state as a game management area. The land remained under federal government control until 1962 when title to this property was deeded to the State of New York. Also, additional acreage was acquired under the Park and Recreation Land Acquisition Act. The majority of the property was for game management, the remainder went to the Division of Lands and Forests.

Since, 1948, management practices have included conifer plantation establishment, thinning of plantations, selective and clear-cutting of hardwoods, leasing of croplands, planting wildlife shrubs and developing small marshes, ponds and potholes. All of these practices provide nesting, feeding and cover habitat for wildlife. Also, in 1951 a conservation camp was built, later becoming the Rushford Conservation Education Camp. Hanging Bog is a man made impoundment built by the CCC in the late 1930's. The 'Bog' is located on portions of the Hanging Bog WMA and the Crab Hollow State Forest. It is characterized by a floating mat of vegetation in the middle of the impoundment.

The area is named for the large natural bog on the property. The tract encompasses rolling hills, extensive forest lands and marshes.

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.

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