Wildlife Management Areas

Connecticut’s Wildlife Management Areas

According to the DEEP there are 97 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 believe I’ve been able to identify all 97 of these by scouring maps and online hunting resources and so far have visited 20.

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 V. 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
Miles WS 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 Pumpkin Hill 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

Bishop Swamp

★★☆☆☆

41.722671, -72.396840

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

★★★★☆

41.340596, -71.874711

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

Bartlett Brook

★★☆☆☆

41.601649, -72.261753

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       … Read more…

Sugar Brook

★★☆☆☆

41.716444, -71.941710

Sugar Brook / Quinebaug River Wildlife Management Area Sugar Brook Field Trial and Wildlife Management Area Estimated 400 acres in Plainfield, CT Parking: Large dirt lot at… Read more…

Black Pond

★★★★☆

41.528562, -72.740850

Black Pond Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 16 acres in Meriden, CT Parking: Medium sized lot at the boat launch near 1699 E Main St, Meriden, CT Trail… Read more…