Keeney Swamp Wildlife Management Area
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- Location: Town of Birdsall, Allegany County
- Dates of Operation: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 9 Allegany Office 716-372-0645 (M-F 8AM - 4PM) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 1-877-457-5680 or 911
- Maps: Keeney Swamp Wildlife Management Area (PDF) (891KB) || Keeney Swamp Wildlife Management Area
- Interactive Map: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Keeney Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Keeney Swamp WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a 708-acre parcel located approximately 13 miles northeast of the village of Angelica and six miles southwest of the Village of Canaseraga. The area is primarily made up of wetland habitat and is home to a variety of waterfowl and song birds.
Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF) (85 KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) (240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guide.
From Interstate 86, take exit 34N and head north on Route 36. After 6.8 miles, turn left onto Route 70 and continue for 5.6 miles, then turn left onto County Route 15B. In 1.3 miles, turn right at the fork onto County Route 15A, then in 3.8 miles turn left onto Fitch Hill Spur Forest Road. This will take you first through Keeney Swamp WMA. It can also be accessed from County Route 15B.
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- County 15B South Parking Lot - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- County 15B North Parking Lot - Google Map Driving Directions
- County 15A East Parking Lot - Google Map Driving Directions
- County 15A West Parking Lot - Google Map Driving Directions
- Fitch Hill Spur Forest Road Parking Lot - Google Map Driving Directions
Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations
- Using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Swimming (no lifeguard on premises) or bathing
- Kindling fires
- 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
- 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
Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Keeney 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.
A principal management objective and technique for this WMA is to maintain quality wetland habitat for waterfowl. In 2001, DEC initiated a wetland restoration and enhancement project to improve wetland habitat consisting of emergent, submergent and open water cover types. A 105-acre impoundment was constructed utilizing an existing abandoned road as a base for the dike. Water levels are controlled by an inline control structure and a heavy sheet piling box inlet drop spillway. Impoundments are periodically drawn down to facilitate establishment of emergent plant species desirable for nesting and migratory waterfowl species. Habitat management activities include water level regulation and grassland maintenance.
The area was purchased in 1978 by the DEC. The area consists of nearly 530 acres of shrub swamp, emergent marsh and wetland open water and approximately 150 acres of brush and grassland. The area was acquired to ensure the permanent preservation of this diverse natural wetland.
Most of Keeney Swamp had been drained for agricultural purposes in the 1800's. By the late 1960's, most of the farms were abandoned. Beaver re-occupied the area and constructed several large impoundments. Around 1990, four of the largest beaver impoundments failed over an eighteen month period. This resulted in a net loss of approximately 300 acres of shallow water impoundment. By the late 1990's, this loss of habitat had decreased the diversity and abundance of many wildlife species, particularly water birds. DEC received requests from birding groups and sportsmen to restore the wetland habitat.
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.
Allegany County Tourism (Leaves DEC website)
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.