Fish Creek Wildlife Management Area
- Open for recreation: Year round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Potsdam office: (315) 265-3090 (M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM); email: Region 6 mailbox
- DEC Law Enforcement 24 hour dispatch: (518) 408-5850 or emergency 911
- Location: Towns of Macomb and De Peyster, St. Lawrence County
- Wildlife Management Area: 6A
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The Fish Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 4,438-acre tract of land located in southwestern St. Lawrence County, eight miles west of the city of Ogdensburg and one mile south of Black Lake.
Fish Creek WMA consists of a 2,046-acre natural wetland which is primarily an emergent marsh whose water level is dependent on the many beaver dams on the Fish Creek drainage and 2,392 acres of upland most of which is forested. The emergent marsh is mainly cattail with flooded shrubs interspersed throughout the area. There is a hardwood swamp along the fringe of the emergent marsh. The upland portion contains approximately 1,000 acres of softwood scattered throughout the area which deer use as wintering areas and 861 acres of young northern hardwoods that are being managed using commercial forest sales. There are 93 acres of open grassland maintained for ground nesting birds. There are no developed hiking trails on the area. No special permits are required to use the area.
Fish Creek WMA with its diverse habitat provides a variety of hunting and trapping opportunities. White-tail deer, turkey, cottontail rabbit, and grouse can be found on the area as well as waterfowl, and other marsh birds which are attracted to the large wetland. Furbearers include beaver, muskrat, mink, and otter.
General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Two parking areas are located near hand launch sites for small car-top boats, one near the village of Pope Mills and the other near the Macomb/Depeyster town line on State Route 184. There are numerous obstacles along the Fish Creek drainage such as beaver dams and cattail mats which make for difficult paddling.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
The car-top boat launch at the property's southwestern end has an accessible kiosk, parking area, and trail to the water's edge. The trail is suitable for use with mobility devices such as wheelchairs and a level pad has been constructed at the shoreline for hand launching car-top boats such as kayaks and canoes. Please be advised that the water level of Fish Creek fluctuates. This may cause the trail to be level with, higher or lower than the creek level which may affect accessibility at the water's edge.
Fish Creek is located approximately 0.2 miles east of Pope Mills (intersection of State Route 58 and State Route 184) on State Route 184 in the town of Macomb in St. Lawrence County.
Parking Areas are located at various locations on the edges of the unit. All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
- Route 58 Parking Area: Along State Route 58 at the western end of the area (N44.499149, W75.582406) Google directions to this Parking Area. (Leaves DEC website. Hold down the "Shift" key when clicking the link to open it in a new window.)
- Bishop Road Parking Area: Along Bishop Road on the northern edge of the area (N44.528601, W75.547664) Google directions to this Parking Area. (Leaves DEC website. Hold down the "Shift" key when clicking the link to open it in a new window.)
- West Lake Road Parking Area: Along West Lake Road on the northern edge of the area (N44.537451, W75.526685) Google directions to this Parking Area. (Leaves DEC website. Hold down the "Shift" key when clicking the link to open it in a new window.)
- Factory Road Parking Area: Near corner of State Route 184 and Factory Road on the eastern corner of the area (N44.539914, W75.483294) Google directions to this Parking Area. (Leaves DEC website. Hold down the "Shift" key when clicking the link to open it in a new window.)
- Route 184 Parking Area: Located off the road near to Black Creek (N44.517396, W75.526104) Google directions to this Parking Area. (Leaves DEC website. Hold down the "Shift" key when clicking the link to open it in a new window.)
- Accessible Parking Area: at the intersection of State Route 58 and State Route 184 (N44.484855, W75.579899) Google directions to this Parking Area. (Leaves DEC website. Hold down the "Shift" key when clicking the link to open it in a new window.)
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
General restrictions on WMAs can be found in the Title 6, NYCRR, Part 51, Section 51.1 through 51.6 (link leaves DEC website). All users of Fish Creek WMA should follow Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.
For more information, contact:
Regional Wildlife Manager, Region 6
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
317 Washington St.
Watertown NY 13601
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce (Leaves DEC website)
Black Lake Chamber of Commerce (Leaves DEC website)
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