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Oriskany Flats Wildlife Management Area

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Oriskany Flats Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Oriskany Flats WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 774-acre parcel of public land open to a variety of recreational uses, while serving to maintain, protect, and enhance the natural qualities of this piece of the Mohawk River flood plain. Over half of the tract consists of fallow agricultural lands in various stages of succession. Fields in early successional stages support goldenrod, milkweed, and grasses while fields in later stages are identified by blackberries, sumac, and perennials. About 15% of lands are considered wetland habitat including shrub swamps, wooded wetlands and marshes, and a forested riparian corridor along the Mohawk River. The remaining portions of land are categorized as brushlands with such species as buckthorn, thorn apple, elm and ash present.

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Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Oriskany Flats WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 6P. Hunting opportunities are available for deer and wild turkeys and the area is used as a prime stocking location for ring-necked pheasant. Migratory waterfowl species such as mallards and wood ducks can be found along the Mohawk River. Both water and upland trapping are permitted within the management area boundaries. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Oriskany Flats WMA is open to fishing, please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing. The Mohawk River system supports largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and brown bullhead. Fishing opportunities on the Mohawk River can be accessed by boat or shore. A canoe launch is present at the parking facility on the north side of the river.

Wildlife Viewing
Given the diversity of the habitats, fish and wildlife resources abound. Many bird species utilize the area and 30 mammal species have been identified, though white tail deer, beaver, and grey squirrels are most common. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF, 453 KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF, 240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guides.

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Located between the Mohawk River on the north and the CSX railroad to the south. Routes 49 and 69 roughly parallel the site. The two major parking facilities are located on River Street on the eastern edge of the management area, allowing access to lands north and south of the Mohawk River.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Oriskany Flats WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • 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
  • 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

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.

How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Oriskany Flats 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. View the Habitat Management Plan for Oriskany Flats Wildlife Management Area (PDF, 2.56 MB), approved in August 2016, which identifies the WMA-specific target species and habitat goals for the WMA.

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.