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Wildlife Management Areas in Jefferson, St. Lawrence counties open through Aug. 31 for annual visitation

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WATERTOWN — People wanting to explore outdoor areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties have an annual opportunity to do so at otherwise restricted Wildlife Management Areas through the end of the month.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will open three Wildlife Management Areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties today through Aug. 31.

During the 16-day window, visitors will be permitted from sunrise to sunset at Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County. In Jefferson County, Perch River WMA will also be open, though Perch Lake will only be open from noon until sunset each day.

Most of the year, portions of these Wildlife Management Areas are closed to the public to allow for waterfowl and other species to breed and raise young without human interference as they are marked as refuge or wetland restricted areas.

Visitors to the areas are advised to avoid any DEC machinery and to pay attention to the signage. The DEC may still be conducting habitat and wildlife management projects in the WMAs during the open house.

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DEC to open wildlife management areas from Aug. 16 to 31

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WATERTOWN, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the annual opening to the public of otherwise restricted Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties from Monday, Aug. 16, to Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. During the 16-day open house, Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County, including the posted refuge or wetland restricted areas, will be open to visitors each day from sunrise to sunset. Perch River WMA in Jefferson County will also be open to visitors with one exception—Perch Lake will be open daily from noon to dusk.

In addition, this 16-day window is now fixed for subsequent years and will apply to future WMA open houses. Establishing these fixed dates will make planning trips to the areas easier visitors interested in observing DEC’s efforts to manage and improve these important habitats. Portions of these WMAs are marked as refuge or wetland restricted areas to allow waterfowl and other listed species to breed and raise young without human interference.

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