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Canoga Marsh Wildlife Management Area

Canoga Marsh WMA Locator Map

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The primary purposes of Canoga Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA covers 104 acres and is located on the northwest side of Cayuga Lake. There are no designated trails, but hiking is allowed throughout the property.

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Hunting and Trapping

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Wildlife Management Unit: 8J

General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules, and regulations.

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Hunting and trapping are allowed throughout the property. Canoga Marsh is a popular place for hunting waterfowl. Please be sure to abide by all game laws (view hunting seasons and trapping seasons).

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules, and regulations.

Cayuga Lake is stocked annually with lake trout, brown trout and Atlantic salmon. The lake also contains rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and chain pickerel. Canoga Creek, which runs through the property, is stocked with brook trout.

Shore fishing is allowed from the property and ice fishing is popular on the lake during winter.

Wildlife

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General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

On a visit to Canoga Marsh, look for wetland-related wildlife including muskrat, mink, waterfowl, and other water birds. Use both the Wildlife Management Area Vertebrate Checklist (PDF) and Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) as wildlife viewing guides.

Directions

Canoga Marsh WMA is located in Seneca Falls in the Town of Fayette. The property is off Route 89 on the northwest side of Cayuga Lake and is located at 42.863168°N, 76.748966°W (Google Maps - leaves DEC website). There are no designated parking areas but roadside parking is available.

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Canoga Marsh Wildlife Management Area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Canoga Marsh WMA:

  • Unless specifically stated, 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).

How We Manage Canoga Marsh Wildlife Management Area

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Canoga Marsh WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing, and 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.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Web links below can provide information about other recreation, attractions, and amenities in this area.

State Lands and Facilities

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.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions, and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories, or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.