Franklinton Vlaie Wildlife Management Area
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- Location: Town of Broome, Schoharie County
- Dates of Operation: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact: DEC Region 4 (Schenectady) 518-357-2355
- Maps: Franklinton Vlaie Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF) (2 MB) Franklinton Vlaie Wildlife Management Area Map
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
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.
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.
An assortment of wildlife inhabit this WMA. Wildlife observation and nature photography are allowed and encouraged.
- white-tailed deer
- largemouth bass
- bald eagles
Parking areas providing access can be found along State Route 145 and Gates Hill Road East in Middleburgh, NY 12122.
- Off Route145 (north end), near fishing site and platform - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC Website)
- Off Gate Hill Road, access to boat launch and dock - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC Website)
- Off Route145, access to viewing area and dock - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC Website)
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 Franklinton Vlaie WMA:
- Using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Swimming or bathing
- Kindling fires
- 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
- Use of vessels operated by mechanical power, except electric trolling motors.
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)
How We Manage
Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Franklinton Vlaie WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 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.
- Schoharie County Tourism (Leaves DEC Website)