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Collins Landing Wildlife Management Area

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DEC hosted a virtual presentation on the habitat management plans for Collins Landing, Fish Creek, and Swallow Bluffs WMAs on January 19, 2021 at 1 PM. View the plan for Collins Landing (PDF). The event featured a 60-minute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer period. A recording of the meeting will be posted soon. Questions can be sent by email or call 315-785-6457.

The primary purposes of Collins Landing Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a total of 51 acres of land spread over 2 parcels. Both parcels are accessed from Collins Landing Road. Collins Landing includes 14 acres of upland and 30 acres of wetland. The upland consists of three ecological communities: shrubland, pine-northern hardwood forest, and early growth northern hardwoods. The wetlands are a mixture of deep emergent marsh, shrub swamp, flood plain forest, and red maple-hardwood swamp.

There are no designated trails, but hiking is allowed throughout the property.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 6G

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

The variety of ecological communities provide great habitat for wildlife, both game and non-game species. Please be sure to abide by all game laws (view hunting seasons 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.

This location along the St. Lawrence River is a great area for bird watching. Many different species have been seen in the area including: common tern, American bittern, and bald eagle. Use the Wildlife Management Area Vertebrate Checklist (PDF) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) as wildlife viewing guides.

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This WMA is located in the towns of Alexandria and Orleans in Jefferson County next to the St. Lawrence River and in the shadow of the Thousand Island Bridge. From Watertown, take I-81 north to Seaway Avenue in Orleans, then turn onto Collins Landing Road.

There are no designated parking lots (44.30286°N, 75.974423°W) - Get Google Map Driving Directions (leaves DEC website)

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 Collins Landing 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 Collins Landing WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Fishing
  • Landing of boats or hunting on the barrier beach
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Picnicking
  • 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 Collins Landing Wildlife Management Area

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

View the Habitat Management Plan for Collins Landing Wildlife Management Area (PDF), approved in October 2019, 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.