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Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area


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Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Rogers Island WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a Hudson River island 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.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area is located in Wildlife Manage Unit 4S. This WMA is a popular and productive waterfowl hunting area. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Rogers Island WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing. The area is part of an important spawning ground for American shad, striped bass and other anadromous fish species.

Wildlife Viewing
There are several unique ecological communities to explore and great variety of wildlife species to view and otherwise enjoy. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF) (85KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) (240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guides.

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Access to Rogers Island WMA is by BOAT ONLY. A foot trail leads from the southern tip of the island through the middle of the property

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

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The following activities are not permitted in Rogers Island WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles (except on designated trails)
    • motorboats
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • Kindling fires
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs or other property
  • Overnight storage of boats, canoes and other watercraft
  • Cutting, removing or damaging living vegetation
  • Construction of permanent blinds or other structures such as tree stands
  • Littering
  • Storage of personal property
  • Hunting, trapping, and fishing are allowed, except as specifically prohibited by posted notice
  • Any activity specifically prohibited by signs posted

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.

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How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Rogers Island 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.

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 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.

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.