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Part 51: Public Use Of State Wildlife Management Areas

(Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §§ 11-2101)

[This regulation became effective 09/25/68 ]

[last amended 11/08/84.]

Contents:

Sec.

§51.1 Hunting, trapping and fishing

Hunting, trapping and fishing are permitted on wildlife management areas except as specifically restricted by posted notice.

§51.2 Boating

(a) Use of vessels operated by mechanical power is prohibited except as specifically permitted by posted notice.

(b) Overnight mooring or storage of boats is prohibited.

§51.3 Camping

Camping is prohibited except pursuant to written permission of the regional supervisor having jurisdiction or his agent.

§51.4 Roads and parking areas

(a) Vehicular use of roads posted against such use is prohibited.

(b) Off-road travel or use of motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, trail bikes, snowmobiles or any other motorized vehicles is prohibited except as specifically permitted by posted notice.

(c) Where required by posted notice, parking shall be confined to designated parking areas.

§51.5 Structures

No permanent structure, blind, stand or platform shall be constructed or placed except pursuant to written permission of the regional supervisor having jurisdiction or his agent.

§51.6 General provisions

(a) No fires are permitted except for cooking, warmth or smudge; and no fire shall be lighted until all inflammable material surrounding it has been removed to the extent necessary to prevent its spread; and no fire shall be left unattended.

(b) Swimming is prohibited, except as specifically permitted by posted notice.

(c) No person shall remove, cut or willfully damage or destroy living vegetation of any kind, except pursuant to written permission of the regional supervisor having jurisdiction or his agent.

(d) All personal property shall be removed from the area at the time of leaving the area.

(e) No person shall enter upon property posted with "no trespassing" signs, except pursuant to written permission of the regional supervisor having jurisdiction or his agent.

(f) No person shall discard or deposit any trash, waste or litter on lands or waters, except in waste receptacles when provided for such purpose.

(g) Grazing by domestic animals is prohibited, except pursuant to written permission of the regional supervisor having jurisdiction or his agent.

(h) Unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, no person under 21 years of age shall possess alcoholic beverages. Persons age 21 or over who possess alcoholic beverages must produce adequate identification and proof of age upon demand of any peace or police officer.

§51.7 Waivers

Notwithstanding any provision of this Subchapter, the department, acting by the regional supervisor of natural resources, may waive the application of any prohibition contained in this Subchapter relating to public use of State wildlife management areas, except prohibitions relating to open seasons for taking of fish or wildlife on such areas, where it finds that the application thereof to any individual or group of individuals would be inequitable, discriminatory or not in accord with public policy.