Middlesex Wildlife Management Area is managed for its important deer wintering habitat.
Located in the town of Whitingham the Atherton Meadows wildlife management area consists of two parcels situated on either side of Route 100. The smaller piece is southeast of Route 100. The larger 646 acre parcel lies between Route 100 and the southern end of Harriman Reservoir.
The upper Connecticut River has always been considered a treasured gem in the Northeast Kingdom. And thanks to a partnership reached in 2012 between the Vermont Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 849 acres along a 6 mile stretch of the river in the towns of Canaan and Lemmington, are now protected from future development. The Johnson Farm Wildlife Management Area is only the third WMA on the banks of the Connecticut River along its 200 mile Vermont border.
Located in southeastern Vermont the Turner Hill Wildlife Management Area sits atop of what is known as the Athens dome. The 595 acres straddle the towns of Athens and Grafton, Vermont.
Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area is the second largest Wildlife Management Area in the state. It’s about roughly 10,800 acres. Most of the WMA is located in the towns of Walden and Stannard but the property also trickles into Danville and Wheelock.
The Pine Mountain Wildlife Management Area is a very unique property. Not only for the variety of habitat but the fact that it encompasses 4 towns and two counties within the state. Pine Mountain itself along with most of the nearly 2300-acre wildlife management area is located in the town of Topsham. However substantial portions are also located in the towns of Newbury, Ryegate and Groton, and the WMA straddles the Caledonia and Orange County lines. The size and diversity of wildlife and habitat types makes Pine Mountain an attractive place to visit for a variety of reasons. It also features several access points, making it easy for visitors to enjoy the WMA year round.
Mud Creek is a small, sluggish stream that flows from the Canadian border south to Lake Champlain. The WMA consists primarily of a mix of emergent marsh and forested swamp, which provide habitat for a variety of waterfowl, including black ducks, wood ducks, mallards and teal, as well as other wetland birds. Below the marsh, from the dam downstream to the lake, Mud Creek also offers great paddling opportunities as well as fishing. In the fall Mud Creek offers good duck hunting, especially on its main marsh, which is regulated as a controlled hunting area. From September 1st to December 31st it is open only to waterfowl hunters with a valid permit.
The Sandbar Wildlife Management Area was the very first WMA in Vermont. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department purchased this unique piece of property back in 1920. The Sandbar WMA encompasses over 1500 acres and is located in the town of Milton, where the Lamoille River flows into Lake Champlain.
Researchers from Vermont Center for Ecostudies study the rare and secretive Bicknell's thrush on Mt. Mansfield. Also, a visit to Sandbar Wildlife Management Area in Milton, Vt., and a day on the river with Matt Lavallee of Winooski, Vt., who is trying to earn certification from Vermont's Master Angler Program.