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Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area

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Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area (MUA) is a 301-acre property located northeast of the Village of Franklinville. Harwood Lake is a 38-acre lake that was constructed in 1965 as a cooperative venture by the State and Federal Government's Soil Conservation Service. It is part of the Ischua Creek Small Watershed Protection Plan. The general topography of the area is rolling with active farmland confined to the valleys. The area was actively farmed in the late 19th and 20th centuries. However, with the changing economy and decline in farming, the land supported few marginal farms up to 1963. The Bureau of Fisheries maintains a fishing access site on the lake and the Bureau of Wildlife manages the upland area.

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Hunting and Trapping

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Wildlife Management Unit: 9W

General information on hunting andgeneral information on trappinginclude how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules, and regulations.

Hunting and trapping are allowed within Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area. Please be sure to abide by all game laws (view hunting seasons and trapping seasons).

Fishing

Fishing

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules, and regulations. Fishing is allowed; however, the lake is managed by DEC Bureau of Fisheries.

Wildlife

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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.

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.

Directions

Entry and parking lot to Harwood Lake MUA in early spring
Entry and parking lot to Harwood Lake MUA

From Interstate 86: Take Exit 27 and head north on Route 16 for fifteen miles to the intersection with Route 98. Head east on Route 98 for about 3.5 miles until reaching the WMA. The parking areas will be on the right.

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of the Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Activity Rules & Regulations:

The following activities are not permitted in Harwood Lake MUA:

  • Off Road Vehicular Travel, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • cars
    • snowmobiles
    • motorcycles
    • trucks
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Boating with motors

Outdoor Safety Tips:

How We Manage Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Harwood Lake MUA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing, and 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 Harwood Lake MUA:

  • To maintain high quality wildlife habitat through a grassland management plan
  • To protect and maintain special wildlife habitats that exist on the area such as deer wintering areas, raptor nest sites, and the wetland areas surrounding the lake

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Web links below can provide information about other recreation, attractions, and amenities in this area.

State Lands and Facilities

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.


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