Wildlife Management Area Maps
Wildlife Management Areas are places for wildlife and people. Click on the region of the state where you would like to find maps of wild places to explore with your rod and reel, bow or gun, camera, or binoculars!
The difference between a Wildlife Management Area and a State Park or Forest:
Like State Parks or State Forests, Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are public lands that people can enjoy. A WMA's key purpose is to provide wildlife the habitat they need and give people a place to hunt, fish, trap, and experience nature. Most WMA's include unmarked trails or woods roads, with simple, unpaved parking lots. These "lightly" developed areas keep wild places wild while giving people access to nature and an "off the beaten path" experience. WMAs are owned and managed by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife). WMAs are actively managed through mowing, cutting, prescribed burns, or other wildlife habitat management practices which provide for the needs of different kinds of wildlife. Regulations govern the activities allowed on WMAs and focus on passive recreation. Motorized vehicles, for instance, are not permitted on WMAs. A WMA, like MassWildlife, serves both wildlife and people.
State Parks and Forests are owned and managed by the Department
of Conservation and Recreation, a separate agency. These are also
lands that people can enjoy. In many cases the key objective for these
lands are to provide developed recreation facilities. In some cases,
a state park or forest is less developed and actively managed for forestry
purposes and sometimes wildlife needs. A number of state forests and
parks also provide hunting,
other wildlife-related recreation experiences.
Click on the area of the State where you would like to view Wildlife Management Area maps
Note: All WMA maps are in PDF format and can be viewed with the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader.