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Franklinton Vlaie Wildlife Management Area


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Photo of a water body in Franklinton Vlaie WMA.

Franklinton Vlaie Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Franklinton Vlaie WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA consists of about 195 acres of open water, wetland and upland habitat in Schoharie County. It was acquired from private landowners in the 1980's and 90's as part of a statewide program to acquire some of the most productive wetlands in New York. The pond and wetlands of Franklinton Vlaie are the headwaters to Catskill Creek. The 85 acre Vlaie Pond comprises a large portion of the WMA. It is surrounded by marshes and shrub swamp, comprised of species including buttonbush, cattail, water arum, pickerel weed, and red maple. Surrounding the pond and wetland are second growth maple-beech forests and active agricultural fields.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Franklinton Vlaie Wildlife Management Area is located in Wildlife Management Unit 4G. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Franklinton Vlaie WMA is open to fishing. Please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing. A non-motorized boat launch is located at the south end of the pond. Anglers will find a variety of fish species including largemouth bass, yellow perch, chain pickerel, sunfish, brown bullhead, and black crappie.

Wildlife Viewing
An assortment of wildlife inhabit this WMA. Wildlife observation and nature photography are allowed and encouraged. 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.

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Parking areas providing access can be found along State Route 145 and Gates Hill Road East in Middleburgh, NY 12122.

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Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

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The following activities are not permitted in Franklinton Vlaie WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboat
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • 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
  • 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

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Franklinton Vlaie 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 Franklinton Vlaie 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. 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. Access to some portions on the west side is prohibited January to September to protect nesting eagles. These restricted areas are marked with prominent signs.

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.