- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Town of Crown Point, Essex County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 5G
- Map: Putts Creek WMA Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The primary purposes of Putts Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. The WMA encompasses 113 acres. It was purchased in 1967 from Jeannette H. Clark with monies from the Park and Recreation Land Acquisition Bond Act of 1960.
The northern end of the parcel is successional northern hardwood forest with red oak, sugar maple, red maple, aspen, and white pine being the primary species. A commercial orchard borders the north end of the property, providing an excellent fall food source of apples for grouse, whitetail deer, and a variety of songbirds.
Highlighting the southern portion of the parcel is the main channel stream, Putnam Creek, and an exceptional example of a deep emergent marsh. Wood duck boxes sprinkle the marsh to provide waterfowl nesting opportunities. Along the stream bank is a flood plain forest of silver maple, cottonwood, and green ash. Adjoining that are sections of shrub swamp.