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Housatonic River Valley Wildlife Management Area

Birding in Massachusetts

Housatonic River Valley Wildlife Management Area
Lenox, Massachusetts 01240
George L. Darey Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area webpage
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Housatonic River Valley WMA
Coordinates: 42.3937978, -73.2420087
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About George L. Darey Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area
This relatively narrow, elongated property is comprised of several parcels of flat, floodplain habitat. Most portions of the area border or contain various segments of the Housatonic River, and elevation varies no more than approximately 50 feet. The area supports seasonally flooded wooded swamps, shrub swamps, deep open marshes, and shallow open marshes. There are also a number of abandoned fields, which are being invaded to various degrees by woody shrubs. The Housatonic River flows through the area from north to south. There are a number of oxbow ponds and backwaters, including Woods Pond at the southern end of the area. There are also segments of several tributary streams, including Yokun Brook. October Mountain State Forest borders the WMA on the eastern side.

Dirt parking lots can be found on both sides of New Lenox Road in Lenox. Parking can also be found on the side of Roaring Brook Road in Lenox.

Numerous nongame species associated with the lowland habitat can be found in this area. There is boat access that allows for spectacular canoeing and kayaking as well as photographic opportunities.
From George L. Darey Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area webpage