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Jacquins Pond Wildlife Management Area

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Jacquins Pond Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Jacquins Pond WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA consists of 184 acres, most of which are freshwater wetland. This is a 30-acre property located near the Pennsylvania border, southwest of Chautauqua Lake. The area is primarily made up of wetland habitat.

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Hunting & Trapping
Jacquins Pond WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 9J. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Jacquins Pond WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing.

Wildlife Viewing Activity
Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. 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.

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From Jamestown: take Exit 12 off Interstate 86 and head south on Route 60. Turn right onto Route 394 (West 6th Street) and continue until reaching the intersection with Route 474, then turn left. After 12.5 miles, turn left to stay on Route 474. After 4.5 miles, turn left onto Rundall Road and then turn left onto Caflisch Road. After about 1 mile, the WMA will be on your left. There are no designated parking areas on the unit, however roadside parking is available - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Jacquins Pond WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming (no lifeguard on premises) or bathing
  • Camping
  • Using metal detectors, searching for or removing historic or cultural artifacts without a permit
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs other property
  • Overnight storage of boats
  • Cutting, removing or damaging living vegetation
  • Construction of permanent blinds or other structures such as tree stands
  • Littering
  • Storage of personal property

Outdoor Safety Tips

NOTE: Ticks are active whenever temperatures are above freezing but especially so in the late spring and early fall. Deer ticks can transmit Lyme and several other diseases. More information on deer ticks and Lyme disease can be obtained from the NYS Department of Health. (Leaves DEC Website) Also, practice Leave No Trace (Leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts.

How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Jacquins Pond 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.

Some of the principal management objectives and techniques for this WMA is to provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species and to permit compatible wildlife related recreational use


The area was purchased by the DEC in 1977 with funds from the 1972 Environmental Quality Bond Act.

Tourism Information for Nearby Attractions, Amenities & Activities

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.

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

Nearby State Lands

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.