Perch River Wildlife Management Area
|Description: 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: Bird species found here include bald eagle, osprey, black tern, trumpeter swan,
least bittern and Henslow’s sparrow. In addition to birds, deer, cottontail rabbits,
gray squirrels and other small furbearers can be found in upland sections.
Mink, muskrats and beavers frequent the impoundments and wetlands.
Special Tips: Birdwatching, canoeing/kayaking (during open house), and hunting,
fishing and trapping (by permit). Note: The site lacks accessible features for people
Other Activities: There are no public trails. The observation tower and Mosentine overlook
along Vaadi Road and the overlook parking area on Allen Road provide
good observation points for birdwatchers.
Although public access to the site is limited, the observation tower is
open year-round. The entire site is open to the public only during the two-week
annual open house in late August; please call for the schedule. Hunting and trapping
are allowed in the fall and winter. Trapping requires a permit, and hunters must
register with the DEC office. There are no restroom facilities.
Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Size: 7,862 acres
Closest Town: Watertown
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