Wildlife Management Area Overview
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 1000 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.
What to do at Fish Creek WMA
Fish Creek WMA with its diverse habitat provides many recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, and canoeing. White-tail deer, turkey, cottontail rabbit, and grouse can be found on the area as well as waterfowl, marsh birds, and songbirds which are attracted to the large wetland. Furbearers include beaver, muskrat, mink, and otter. There are two canoe launches, one near the village of Pope Mills and the other near the Macomb/Depeyster town line on State Route #184 . Keep in mind that there are numerous obstacles along the Fish Creek drainage such as beaver dams and cattail mats which make for difficult paddling. There are no developed hiking trails on the area. No special permits are required to use the area.
General restrictions on WMA's can be found in the Title 6, NYCRR, Part 51, Section 51.1 through 51.6.
For more information, contact:
Regional Wildlife Manager, Region 6
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
317 Washington St.
Watertown NY 13601
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* A nature trail can be used as a hiking trail. In addition to allowing hiking, a nature trail usually has printed information along the trail and often has a printed brochure available.