Perch River Bird Sanctuary


The Overlook is on Vaadl Road and the Viewing Area is on Allen Road


For more information and contact: New York State Department of Environmental conservation Region 6 Watertown Office (M-F, 8:00AM – 4:45PM), (315) 785-2263;


This Wildlife Management Area is a 7,932-acre parcel in the towns of Orleans, Pamelia, and Brownville, in Jefferson County, dominated by wetlands, open water habitats, also with early successional, and grassland habitats.

It’s free and open year around.


The area is well known for its waterfowl and furbearer populations and also supports deer, upland small game, and variety of unique non-game species. The grasslands are mowed periodically in late summer to inhibit brush growth and maintain the diversity of habitat that make Perch River so attractive to wildlife. Water levels in the impoundments are managed to provide stable open water and emergent marsh habitat for the waterfowl and other water-dependent bird and furbearer species found on the WMA.
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