Adirondack Directory - Wilderness

Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management Area

As edited by IAATAP from the full DEC management report.



The Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management Area is in Essex County, in the Town of Chesterfield, NY, and  covers 862 acres which were acquired by the state to protect in the 1950.  The marsh has 17 different ecological communities.  This variety supports diverse fish and wildlife population.    (click on map to enlarge)







 There is no overnight camping allowed, or fires.  Nearby campgrounds are:


Camp Shoshanan

838 Trout Pond Road



Ausable Chasm KOA Campground

Holiday Travel Park

428 Route 373



Holiday Travel Park



Poke-O-Moonshine State Campground



Twin Ponds Resort Campsite



Iroquois Campground & RV Park

270 Bear Swamp Road, Peru


Gusberti's Campground



Noblewood Beach & Rec Park Willsboro


Ausable Pines Campground & RV Sales

3281 State Route 9,  Peru


Birchwood Campground



Bolton Acres Campground



Ausable Point Campground

3346 Route 9



Ausable River Campsite

367 Route 9N



Port Kent Development

93 Route 373



   Other Regions:  IAATAP maintains a full directory of Camping. To explore nearby camping areas,  click here.

Titbits:  DEC regulation requires that groups of ten or more persons camping on state land obtain a permit from a forest ranger. DEC policy prohibits issuing group camping permits to groups wanting to camp on forest preserve lands in the Adirondacks that are classified as wilderness, primitive or canoe area. This policy was developed to protect natural resources, the primeval character of the area and exceptional wilderness experiences for all recreationists, and follows Leave No Trace practices. Except for the eastern High Peaks Wilderness, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness and the William C. Whitney Wilderness, where the group size is 8, camping groups in wilderness, primitive and canoe area lands are limited to 9 people or less.





The Adirondacks is rich in bird life.   The Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management area have wood duck nest boxes throughout the area.  Wood duck, black duck, mallards, mergansers and teal are easily observed in this region.  Amateur naturalists will find ample opportunities to see wildlife on the Lake Champlain Birding Trail ( of which Wickham Marsh area contributes.


By the NY State's Unit Management Plan, many species are under study.  The endangered birds in the Wickham Marsh are:



Osprey (Pandion haliates)


Osprey - Picture credits to Wikipedia

The American Osprey is of special concern. Osprey breed near large bodies of water where there is abundant fish populations.  Numerous sightings are within the Adirondack.  Osprey construct their nest in tall dead tress, but also use rocky ledges, sand dunes, artificial platforms, and utility pole cross arms for a tall advantage point. The power company has started to built Osprey poles because they often select power poles causing issues when moving their youth from the endangerment of the power lines.

Visit our Adirondack Bird Directory for further information on our Adirondack Bird population.






NO SWIMMING is allowed in the marsh to protect the environment.  The Ausable River rests just south of the Wilderness area for additional fishing.   Visit our Fishing Directory for more information in other regions of the Adirondacks.






Hunters enjoy pack & paddling into the region for weeks of hunting.  The game species found in the Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area are waterfowl, ruffed grouse, squirrels and deer.   Beaver and muskrate attract the trapper's interest.   The State's Hunting Guide lines need to be abided (visit




Hiking Trails


The backcountry acreage is enormous and the Adirondacks has the largest trail system in the nation with more than 2,000 miles.  Enjoy the glory of hiking the Adirondacks, nature's solitude, unbroken forest, lakes and mountains and take the path less taken.  Focus on your senses.  Visit our Adirondack Hiking Guide.   


The Wickham Marsh provides a relaxing stroll.  The sign registration box is at the trailhead before the marsh.    Marshes are our most fertile of our wetlands, so please stay on the trails.


For future references, the DEC trail classification system is outlined in the Forest Preserve Policy Manual. This classification system recognizes four trail classifications as outlined below:


Class 1:

Trail Distinguishable: Minimal biological or physical impacts, slight loss of vegetation and/or minimal disturbance of organic litter

Class 2:

Some Impacts: Tail obvious, slight loss of vegetation cover and/or organic litter pulverized in primary use areas, muddy spots or tree roots, or water action evident.

Class 3:

Moderate Impacts: Vegetation cover and/or organic littler pulverized within the center of the tread, exposed rocks and trees or small mud holes, but little evidence of widening beyond the maintained width of the trail.

Class 4:

Extensive Impacts: Near complete or total loss of vegetation cover and organic litter, rocks or tree roots exposed and roots damaged, or ruts more than 20cm (7.8 inches) deep, or widening caused by muddy areas or water action consistently.

Class 5:

Very Extensive Impacts: Trail to bedrock or other substrate, or tree roots badly damaged, or some ruts more than 50 cm (19.5 inches) deep or large areas (over 50%) of bank erosion, or mud holes so extensive that the trail is outside of its maintained width.


Titbits: Motorized Equipment in Wilderness, Primitive and Canoe Areas: DEC has adopted a regulation prohibiting the use of motorized equipment in lands classified as wilderness, primitive or canoe. Public use of small personal electronic or mechanical devices such as cameras, radios or GPS receivers are not affected by this new regulation. 




Cross Country Ski Trails


The Wickham Marsh Wildlife trails are open to cross country skiing in winter.







  • Observation Deck (handicapped assessable)

           Parking Areas

  • Off Giddings Road (Back Road)






Adirondack Mountain Club


Lake George


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State Land Regulation/Backcountry Law Enforcement     518-897-1300
Environmental Law Enforcement     518-897-1326
Poacher & Polluter Reporting online     1-800-TIPP DEC
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