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Hartland Swamp Wildlife Management Area

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Grassy field at Hartland Swamp WMA in summer
Grassy field in Hartland Swamp WMA

Hartland Swamp Wildlife Management Area is a 401-acre property located approximately 8 miles northeast of the city of Lockport.

Featured Activities

Hunting & Trapping
General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Wildlife Viewing
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

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.

Directions

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.

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
    • Cars
    • Trucks
    • Snowmobiles
    • Motorcycles
    • All-Terrain Vehicles
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • 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

History

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.