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Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area

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Rogers Island WMA Locator Map

The primary purposes of Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are 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 just north of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. 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

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Wildlife Management Unit: 4T

General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules, and regulations.

View of Rogers Island WMA from the Hudson River.
View of Rogers Island WMA from the Hudson River

This WMA is a popular and productive waterfowl hunting area. Please be sure to abide by all game laws (view hunting seasons and trapping seasons).

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules, and regulations.

The area is part of an important spawning ground for American shad, striped bass, and other anadromous fish species.

Wildlife

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General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

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 453 KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF 240 KB) as wildlife viewing guides.

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Directions

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

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Rogers Island WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles
  • 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, 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

Outdoor Safety Tips

Caution: Poison ivy is prevalent throughout the island.

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).

Rogers Island WMA landscape

How We Manage Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area

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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, and 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 activities 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. 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.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Web links below can provide information about other recreation, attractions, and amenities in this area.

State Lands and Facilities

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.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions, and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories, or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.