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Rome Wildlife Management Area

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Marsh marigold can be found at Rome WMA.

The primary purpose of Rome Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA and surrounding private lands consist of a vast area of forested wetland adjacent to the 1913 Barge Canal corridor. This large palustrine wetland complex is important to water quality and flood control for the city of Rome. Historically, much of the area was cleared and ditched for agricultural purposes. Agriculture was and continues to be an important aspect of the surrounding landscape.

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General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Please stay on the designated trails to protect the diversity and richness of the plant communities found within this area.

Hunting and Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 6P

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

The WMA is one of three stocking sites for pheasant hunting in Oneida county. Please be sure to abide by all game laws (view hunting season and trapping seasons).



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

Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. Use the Wildlife Management Area Vertebrate Checklist (PDF) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) as wildlife viewing guides.

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Access to the area north of the railroad tracks can only be accessed via the parking area on Hoag Road near the railroad bridge overpass. The lands south of the tracks may be accessed via Route 365 or Hoag Road. The Railroad tracks are private property and may not be crossed.

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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 Rome 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 Rome 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).

How We Manage Rome Wildlife Management Area

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

The wetlands of the Rome WMA provide significant habitat for a variety of wildlife and plants. Management objectives of the WMA include the maintenance of habitat diversity to benefit many different game and non-game wildlife species. Habitat management is directed at the upland portions of the WMA, which consists of successional shrub land, northern hardwoods, old field/grassland, and agricultural fields. No management activity has yet occurred in the WMA's forested wetlands.

Current emphasis is placed on the maintenance of old field/grassland habitat through cooperative agreements and mechanical mowing/brush hogging. An area of approximately 130 acres of old field habitat is currently targeted for management using mowing techniques. Resources and agricultural agreement trade-offs may only allow portions of this area to be mowed each year. The timing of mowing is critical. Grassland bird species can begin nesting as early as February or March and may nest into September. The best period for mowing is mid-August through early October when dry conditions normally persist. Mowing during this period results in minimal interference with nesting or wintering activities.

View the Habitat Management Plan for Rome Wildlife Management Area (PDF), approved in February 2017, which identifies the WMA-specific target species and habitat goals for the WMA.

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.