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Lakeview Wildlife Management Area

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Lakeview Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of Lakeview WMA are wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is part of the largest natural fresh water barrier beach system in New York State. This 3,461-acre area is located on State Route 3, 20 miles southwest of Watertown, or 15 miles northwest of Pulaski. This area's diverse habitat includes: open fields, shrub lands, woodlands, wetlands and a natural barrier beach. Lakeview is open to the public year round, but public use restrictions apply to the sensitive barrier beach system. Some of the most beautiful areas in this WMA can only be seen by boat. There are three designated boat launch sites for canoes or car top boats with a 10-horsepower limit.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Lakeview WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 6G. With it's diverse habitat, Lakeview WMA supports a wide variety of game and non-game wildlife species. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

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Fishing
Lakeview WMA is open to fishing, please visit Dec's website for more information about fishing. Two of the main creeks (Sandy and South Sandy) are well known by fishermen for steelhead trout in the spring and chinook salmon in the fall. Northern pike and yellow perch are often caught through the ice on several of the ponds, and anglers can also enjoy catching panfish, and smallmouth and largemouth bass during the summer months.

Wildlife Viewing
With so much habitat diversity, there is also a variety of wildlife. If you are interested in hunting, observing wildlife, or just exploring, several gravel roads and trails lead into the area. Designated as a Bird Conservation Area, Lakeview WMA is a great place to view bird species. This WMA also offers over three miles of foot trails and two viewing towers. The main trail (Lake Ontario Dune Trail) can be accessed via the road into Southwick Beach State Park. This trail begins in a section of hardwoods and ends on the shorelines of Lake Ontario. This trail can also be accessed from the parking area at Lakeview Pond. Two dune walkover structures enable visitors to actually walk over the fragile dunes and enjoy the shoreline of Lake Ontario. On a clear day, the observation tower on Montario Point Road allows a bird's-eye view of the management area. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF) (85KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) (240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guides.

Accessible Features

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Lakeview WMA accessible trail is approximately .7 miles in length. It travels through an upland wooded segment of the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area and Southwick Beach State Park. The trail provides opportunities for wildlife observation and access for hunting. An accessible parking lot is located at the west end of the trail and is open year round. An additional parking lot located at the east end of the loop offers public access on a limited basis - between sunrise and 9 AM from Memorial Day until September 27 but open to the public all daylight hours the remainder of the year.

Full listing of DECs Accessible Recreation Destinations.

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Directions

Located in southern Jefferson County, Lakeview WMA is bordered by Southwick Beach State Park to the north and Lake Ontario to the west.

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Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Lakeview WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Fishing
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • Kindling fires
  • 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.

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How We Manage

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

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.