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Perch River Wildlife Management Area

Watertown, Jefferson County

A collage of three photos of bird, marsh, duck

Watchable Wildlife log of a binocular

Perch River WMA is renowned for its importance as a spring and fall stopover for an incredible variety of migrating waterfowl and other birds. Perch River runs through the area, which is dominated by wetland and open water habitats but also offers woodland, early succession and grassland habitats.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Observation tower
  • Overlooks

Recreational Opportunities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing/kayaking (limited times of year)
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Trapping


7,862 acres

Closest Town



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Contact Information

Telephone: 315-785-2263

Website: Perch River Wildlife Management Area

Photo Credits: NYSDEC