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Upper and Lower Lakes WMA Wetlands Regulations

Public Use of Wetlands Restricted Area

The portion of the Upper & Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area that is posted Wetlands Restricted Area will be open to specific types of public access as outlined below. Note that permits are required for trapping and camping and that other regulations detailed in Title 6, NYCRR Part 54 Amended Regulations to Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area, apply.

Northeastern Zone Waterfowl Hunting Season

Opening day hunting hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. On all other days of the waterfowl and September goose season, statewide hunting hours are in effect. Hunters must leave the area two (2) hours after shooting hours end each day.

Open for youth waterfowl and youth pheasant hunting on designated dates.

Big and Small Game

State-wide regulations apply.


Access is to land only between April 15 and May 31.


Permits are available only for the fall on an annual basis by contacting the Bureau of Wildlife at the Watertown office (315) 785-2263. The following information must be provided for the camping permits:

  • names and addresses of all persons who will be at the camp site;
  • vehicle description(s) and license plate number(s) of all vehicles that will be at the site; and
  • the dates the site will be occupied

Complete camping rules and regulations are contained in the camping permit.


Permits are available for both the spring and fall by contacting the Bureau of Wildlife at the Watertown office (315) 785-2263.