Hartland Swamp Wildlife Management Area
Grassy field in Hartland Swamp WMA
- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 9 Allegany Office: 716-372-0645 (M-F, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM); firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 1-877-457-5680 or 911
- Location: Town of Hartland, Niagara County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 9A
- Maps: Hartland Swamp Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF, 386 kb); Hartland Swamp Wildlife Management Area Map
- Interactive Map: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Hartland Swamp Wildlife Management Area is a 401-acre property located approximately 8 miles northeast of the city of Lockport.
Users of the area are likely to encounter a variety of wildlife species.
- Mammals: beaver, muskrat, mink, raccoon, white-tailed deer
- Birds: mallards, wood ducks, black ducks, Canada geese, , ruffed grouse, woodcock, herons, bitterns and a variety of song birds.
From Lockport, take Route 104 east and then take a left on Route 108. After 3 miles, the parking area will be on the left just past the intersection with Seaman Rd.
All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
- Parking Area: Get Google Map Driving Directions (leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations:
• Hunting Regulations (#28182)
• Trapping Regulations (#9209)
• Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations (https://govt.westlaw.com/nycrr/Browse/Home/NewYork/NewYorkCodesRulesandRegulations?guid=Ia5b5e8e0b5a011dda0a4e17826ebc834&originationContext=documenttoc&transitionType=Default&contextData=%28sc.Default%29) (Leaves DEC website)
The following activities are not permitted in Hartland Swamp WMA:
- Off Road Vehicular travel, including
- All-Terrain Vehicles
- Boating with motors
Outdoor Safety Tips:
How We Manage Hartland Swamp WMA
Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Hartland Swamp 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.
The following highlights some of the principal management objectives and techniques for the Hartland Swamp WMA:
- To provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species and to permit compatible wildlife related recreational use
The area was purchased by DEC with funds from the 1972 and 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act. The area primarily consists of shrub swamp, emergent marsh and wetland open water. The area was acquired to ensure the permanent preservation of this diverse natural wetland.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
Golden Hill State Park (leaves DEC website)
Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau (leaves DEC website) and Niagara County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
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.
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.