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Hartson Swamp Wildlife Management Area

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Size: 98 acres

Hartson Swamp WMA is located approximately two miles east of the village of Falconer in the town of Poland in Chautauqua County.

Day Use Activities and Recreational Opportunities

Wetland in Hartson Swamp WMA in summer
Wetland in Hatson 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, Canadian geese, deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock, herons and bitterns and a variety of song birds.


The area was purchased in 1990 by the DEC with funds from the 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


From Interstate 86: Take Falconer Exit to Route 394 east to Stone Road, then to Hartson Road