Black Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area
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- Location: Towns of Guilderland and New Scotland, Albany County
- Dates of Operation: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact: DEC Region 4 (Schenectady) 518-357-2154
- Maps: Black Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF) (4.7 MB) || Black Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area Map
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Black Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Black Creek Marsh WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA consists of about 450 acres of wetland and upland habitat in Albany County. The first purchases here occurred in the 1960s. The Black Creek runs through much of the property. The WMA is also bisected by an active railroad line. The diversity of habitats and wildlife species found at Black Creek Marsh provides unique opportunities for public use. Black Creek Marsh is primarily a freshwater wetland community. Wetland types include cattail marsh, open-water marsh, and flooded red maple swamp. Because of the abundance of wetlands, this WMA is an important area for amphibians and reptiles, as well. Much of the forested swamp dries sufficiently by early summer to permit hunting, although beaver activity is increasing water levels in many areas. There are about 150 acres of uplands, including grassy fields, and some apple and pear orchards that adjoin the wetlands. Parking areas have been developed to provide access to the area, and a substantial trail network is maintained for the enjoyment of WMA users.
Black Creek Marsh is one of the premier birding sites in the Capital Region and in 2006 was designated as a Bird Conservation 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 guides.
Parking areas providing access can be found on Meadowdale Road, School Road, Hennessey Road and at the end of Kling Terrace.
All Google links leaves DEC Website.
- Route 208, parking for trails - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Kling Terrace, small - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Meadowdale Road, parking to fields - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Hennessey Road, parking area, large pull off - Get Google Map Driving Directions
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations
The following activities are not permitted in Black Creek Marsh WMA:
- Using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Swimming or bathing
- Using metal detectors, searching for or removing historic or cultural artifacts without a permit
- Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs or 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, Black Creek Marsh 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.
Management at Black Creek is designed to maintain important freshwater wetlands and a diversity of habitat types so many species can exist on the site. Habitat improvements include mowing, trail creation, and the placement of nesting boxes. Pear and apple trees found in upland areas are maintained to provide food for wildlife. Mowing is used annually to maintain fields to enhance habitat for grassland nesting birds.
Tourism Information for Nearby Attractions, Amenities & Activities
- Albany County Tourism (Leaves DEC Website)