Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area
Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a Hudson River island located in the Town of Greenport, Columbia County and consists of 281 acres of forested uplands, tidal forested wetlands, tidal marshes, and extensive mudflats The WMA was acquired in 1950 to provide a refuge for migrating waterfowl. The WMA can only be accessed by boat, since there is no legal public access across the railroad tracks that border the east side of the property. The best place to land a boat is at the southwest corner of the island.
The various upland and wetland habitat types found on the WMA support a great variety of fish, wildlife and plant species, including several rare plants. Rogers Island contains one of the largest tidal swamp forests in the Hudson Estuary and exemplary examples of freshwater tidal marsh and intertidal mudflat communities. The area is part of an important spawning ground for American shad, striped bass and other anadromous fish species.
Large numbers of waterfowl, shorebirds and passerine birds can be observed during spring and fall migrations. Resident wildlife that occurs on the WMA includes the bald eagle, wood duck, black duck, mallard, green heron, least bittern, a variety of songbirds and white-tailed deer.
Rogers Island provides opportunities for the public to engage in a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities including hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, and hiking. There are several unique ecological communities to explore and great variety of wildlife species to view and otherwise enjoy. Rogers Island is a popular and productive waterfowl hunting area. A foot trail leads from the southern tip of the island through the middle of the property. Poison ivy is prevalent throughout the island.
The management of Rogers Island for non-intensive recreation is consistent with its primary purpose of providing wildlife related public benefits. Those preferring more intensively developed outdoor areas should consider visiting day use areas at nearby State Parks.
Because the area can be accessed only by boat, habitat management options are limited to such things as erecting and monitoring duck nesting boxes. Currently, primary management objectives are to provide habitat for breeding and migrating waterfowl, to provide waterfowl hunting opportunities and to provide for a variety of wildlife related recreational opportunities such as wildlife viewing, hunting and trapping
Rules and Regulations
Public use of Rogers Island WMA is governed by Environmental Conservation Law 11-2101 and 6NYCRR 51
Hunting, trapping, and fishing are allowed, except as specifically prohibited by posted notice.
The following are prohibited:
- Overnight storage of boats
- Off road vehicle use
- Cutting, removing or damaging living vegetation without the written permission of the Regional Wildlife Manager
- Construction of permanent blinds or other structures
- Any activity specifically prohibited by signs posted