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Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area

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Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Tillman Road WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This 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

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

Wildlife Viewing
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.


Accessible Features

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

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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.

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

Entrance to Tillman Road WMA
Entrance to Tillman Road WMA

The following activities are not permitted in Tillman Road WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming (no lifeguard on premises) or bathing
  • Camping
  • 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
  • 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

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.

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 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.

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.