Connecticut’s Wildlife Management Areas

According to the DEEP there are 105 Wildlife Management Areas in the state which together total 32,000 acres of protected land.  They are largely a result of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, also referred to as the Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Act.

WMAs largely preserve habitat for many different species of animal, bird, and invertebrate with special interest given to grasslands, old fields, and coastal salt and freshwater marshes.  They also provide public recreation for hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography but are usually more geared towards fishing, hunting, and trapping.

I have been able to identify 93 of these by scouring maps and online hunting resources and so far have visited only 13.

Wildlife Management Areas

Aldo Leopold WMA Assekonk Swamp WMA Babcock Pond Baldwin Marsh WMA Barber Pond WMA
Barn Island WMA Bartlett Brook Bear Hill WMA Belding WMA Bigelow Brook WMA
Bishop Swamp WMA Black Pond WMA Branford River WMA Bride Brook WS Candlewood Hill WMA
Cedar Swamp WMA Charles E. Wheeler WMA Charter Marsh WS Clark Creek WMA Cove Island WS
Cromwell Meadows WMA Dr. John E. Flaherty WMA Durham Meadows WMA East Haven Marsh WMA East River Marsh WMA
East Marsh WMA Eightmile River WMA Ferry Point Marsh WMA Franklin Swamp WMA Goshen WMA
Great Harbor WMA Greenwoods Pond WMA Haddam Neck WMA Hager Creek Marsh WMA Hammock Marsh WMA
Higganum Meadows WMA Housatonic River WMA James T. Spignesi WMA Kollar WMA Kings Island WMA
Kitchel WS Little River WMA Lockes Meadow Pond WMA Lords Island WMA Lords Cove WMA
Mansfield Hollow WMA Maromas Co-op WMA Meadow Brook WMA Menunketesuck WMA Messerschmidt Pond WMA
Newgate WMA Nod Brook WMA Nott Island WMA Pattagansett River Marsh WMA Pawcatuck River WMA
Pawson Park Marsh WMA Pease Brook WMA Pequonnock Valley WMA Pequsett Meadows Marsh WMA Pine Orchard Marsh WMA
Plum Bank Marsh WMA Popes Island WMA Quinebaug River WMA Quinebaug River Marsh WMA Ragged Rock Creek Marsh WMA
Raymond Brook WMA Rich Island WMA Robbins Swamp WMA Roger Tory Peterson WMA Roraback WMA
Rose Hill WMA Ross Marsh WMA Salmon River Cove WMA Sessions Woods WMA Shade Swamp WS
Sharon Mountain WMA Simsbury WMA Six Penny Island WMA Skiff Mountain COOP WMA Smith-Hubbell WS
Snake Meadow Brook WMA South Cove WMA Stanley Works Coop WMA Suffield WMA Sugar Brook WMA
Talbot WMA Tankerhoosen WMA Thatch Bed Marsh WMA Tunxis WMA Wagner WS
Wangunk Meadows WMA West River Marsh WMA Wopowog WMA Zalesky WMA Zemko Pond WMA

Tankerhoosen WMA


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Tankerhoosen Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 449 acres in Vernon, CT Parking: From the north at Walker’s Reservoir near 129 Reservoir Rd, Vernon, CT From the south… Read more…

Meadow Brook


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Meadow Brook WMA Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 269 acres in Colchester, CT Parking: Small lot near 13 Prospect Hill Road, Colchester, CT Map       Trails: 2… Read more…

Babcock Pond


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Babcock Pond WMA Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 1,524 acres in Colchester, CT Parking: Boat launch: Small lot near 653 Middletown Rd, Colchester, CT Trails: Small lot near… Read more…

Kings Island


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Kings Island Eversource Land Trust 120 acres in Enfield and Suffield, CT Parking: Access by water only, nearest boat launch is Kings Island Boat Launch Boat launch… Read more…

Bishop Swamp


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Bishop Swamp Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 719 acres in Andover, CT Parking: Small lot near 236 State Hwy 603, Andover, CT for hiking and small pull off near 42 Jurovaty… Read more…

Barn Island


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Barn Island Wildlife Management Area Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 1,013 acres in Stonington, CT Parking: West Side: Shoulder parking and boat launch near 249 Palmer Neck Rd,… Read more…

Bartlett Brook


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Bartlett Brook WMA Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 687 acres in Lebanon, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 773 Goshen Hill Rd Lebanon, CT Hunting Map A narrow tree-lined driveway provides… Read more…