- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Town of New Hudson, Allegany County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 9W
- Map: Hanging Bog WMA Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
View the draft Access and Public Use Plan for Hanging Bog WMA (PDF). Comments were accepted through March 2, 2022.
The primary purposes of Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a 4,560-acre area made up of rolling hills, extensive forests lands, small fields, and marshes. The area is named for the large man-made bog on the property, which was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the late 1930s.
The federal government became interested in the area in the 1930s. Under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture acquired the area and managed it as a CCC camp. After 1940, the federal government leased the land to the state as a game management area. The land remained under federal government control until 1962 when title to this property was deeded to the State of New York. Additional acreage was acquired under the Park and Recreation Land Acquisition Act. The majority of the property was for game management; the remainder went to the Division of Lands and Forests.