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Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area

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Size: 239 acres

Tillman Road WMA is located eight miles east of the City of Buffalo in the Town of Clarence in Erie County. 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.

Entrance to Tillman Road WMA
Entrance to Tillman Road WMA

Day Use Activities and Recreational Opportunities

  • Birding
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Fishing (in Quarry Pond)
  • Hiking
  • Nature Study
  • Photography
  • 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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A variety of wildlife use the area and often provide additional enjoyment to the careful observer. The more common species are beaver, deer, gray and red fox, mink, muskrat, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, turkey, a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds, birds of prey, amphibians and reptiles and a variety of song birds.


The land on the area was cleared and used for farming at one time or another. The last record of farming was in the 1940's. 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.


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. 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


Route 5 to Wehrle Drive to Bergtold Road, access to Tillman Road WMA is provided by two parking areas along with considerable road frontage