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Hartland Swamp Wildlife Management Area

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Size: 401 acres

Hartland Swamp WMA is located approximately 8 miles northeast of the city of Lockport in the town of Hartland in Niagara County.

Day Use Activities and Recreational Opportunities

Grassy field at Hartland Swamp WMA in summer
Grassy field in Hartland Swamp WMA
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • 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, mink, raccoon, mallards, wood ducks, black ducks, Canada geese, deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock, herons and bitterns and a variety of song birds.


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.


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. A shallow water impoundment was created to attract waterfowl. An annual system of grassland mowing is done to keep open fields from reverting to brush and trees. 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:

Region 9 Wildlife Manager
182 East Union Street, Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706


North of Lockport on Route 104 east to route 148 to Seaman Road