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Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area

Entrance to Tillman Road WMA
Entrance to Tillman Road WMA

Fishing Bird Viewing Accessible Parking

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Tillman Road WMA is a 239-acre property located eight miles east of the City of Buffalo. The area is primarily wetland with some old farm fields and two small quarry ponds. The outstanding feature is the cattail marsh which attracts large numbers of waterfowl during the spring and fall migration. The area has extensive trails for wildlife observation along with 300 feet of boardwalk and overlooks for universal accessibility.

Featured Activities

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and 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.

A variety of wildlife use the area and often provide additional enjoyment to the careful observer.

  • Mammals: The more common species are beaver, deer, gray and red fox, mink, muskrat, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel,
  • Birds: turkey, a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds, birds of prey, and a variety of song birds
  • Other: amphibians and reptiles

Accessible Features

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.


From Interstate 90, take Exit 49 and head north on Route 78. Turn right onto Wehrle Drive and continue for 4.7 miles until reaching the WMA on the right.

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

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations:

The following activities are not permitted in Tillman Road WMA:

  • Off road vehicular travel, including:
    • Cars
    • Trucks
    • Snowmobiles
    • Motorcycles
    • All-terrain vehicles
  • Swimming
  • Boating with motors
  • Camping

Outdoor Safety Tips:

How We Manage Tillman Road WMA

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Tillman Road 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 Tillman Road:

  • To provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species
  • To permit compatible wildlife related recreational use


The land on the area was cleared and used for farming at one time or another. The last record of farming was in the 1940s. In addition to farming, mining of local deposits of gravel occurred during this period. There were many areas of disturbance such as shallow pits, mounds, spoil pits and ponds. The parcel was acquired by the DEC in 1977 with funds from the Environmental Bond Act of 1972.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Visit Buffalo Niagara (leaves DEC website) and the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau (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.