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Sunderland Islands WMA

Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) are open to the public for fishing, hunting, trapping, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Town: Sunderland
Acreage: 15
Wildlife Management Zone


These two Connecticut River islands consist of riparian forests predominantly of silver maple. Annual flooding enriches the soils of these islands resulting in a diversity of plants and insects.

Location, access, & parking

The property can only be accessed by watercraft from the Connecticut River. There is cartop boating access under the Sunderland bridge on the east side of the river. Cars can be parked at the town offices on School Street as vehicles left at the launch will be towed. Day use of the WMA is allowed. Camping is not permitted on the islands; please report illegal campers to the Connecticut Valley District at 413-323-7632. See WMA map.

Note: WMAs are intentionally wild, visitors will find natural landscapes rather than maintained trails.

Hunting opportunities

Opportunities for trapping aquatic furbearers exist. Otherwise, hunting opportunities are limited.

Hunting regulations

Fishing opportunities

The Connecticut River provides fishing opportunities for a variety of species, such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, black crappie, bowfin, channel catfish, yellow perch, and white perch.

Freshwater fishing regulations

Wildlife viewing & other features

This part of the river offers great kayaking opportunities. Wildlife such as river otters, bald eagles, herons, and waterfowl can be observed throughout the summer and fall. Rare plants and dragonflies adapted to life in and near big rivers can also be found on these islands.

Get wildlife viewing tips.


About Wildlife Management Areas

MassWildlife owns and manages over 220,000 acres of land to conserve fish and wildlife habitats and provide access for outdoor recreation. All WMAs are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor recreation activities. Visit the MassWildlife Lands Viewer for an interactive map of MassWildlife properties.

You can support land protection in Massachusetts. Contributions to the Wildlands Fund help pay for the cost of acquiring wildlife habitat. Learn more about the Wildlands Fund

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