A draft Access and Public Use Plan for Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is complete and available for public comment. The draft Access and Public Use Plan’s objectives include maintaining existing features, such as trails and water control structures.

DEC invites the public to provide comments on the Draft Utica Marsh WMA Access and Public Use Plan (PDF) until December 22, 2021. Send comments to NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife, Region 6, 225 North Main Street, Herkimer, NY, 13350 or by email with the subject line “Utica Marsh WMA draft Access and Public Use Plan.”

Utica Marsh WMA contains 193 acres of mostly wetlands in eastern Oneida County just north of the city of Utica. The primary activity on the WMA is wildlife-dependent recreation—trapping, fishing, and wildlife observation. There is a viewing tower that provides the public with a bird’s eye view of wildlife. It is also a destination for hiking and bike riding, although these activities are considered secondary—these activities are not necessarily wildlife-dependent, but they are generally compatible with the goals and purposes of the WMA.