Bashakill Wildlife Management Area


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Park Overview:

Hike, canoe, bird-watch and fish in the largest freshwater wetland in southeastern New York.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:3000 acres
Web Map:NYNJ TC map segment
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

A thriving wetland in the summer and fall and a six mile shallow lake in the springtime, the Basha Kill is home to 200 species of birds. Thirty varieties of fish include the prehistoric Bowfin. This area a nature lover's paradise. The Wildlife Management Area is invitingly described by the Basha Kill Area Association on its website.

Trails Overview:

The Shawungunk Ridge Trail (Aqua) and co-aligned Long Path (Teal) hug the eastern shore of the lake and the red-blazed former D&H Canal tow path can be followed on the western boundary of the wildlife area.  Click on the Web Map near the top left of this page for a trail map.  Read a detailed description of hiking the Long Path in this area



From New York Route 17 use exit 113 to take New York Route 209 south toward Port Jervis. When you see the Moose Lodge on your left, make a left turn onto Haven Road, where there are some parking spots. Other parking areas are marked on the above map.

GPS coordinates for a parking area at the southern end of Basha Kill Lake (one of the DEC boat launch areas) : 41.515912, -74.537126

Check Shortline (Coach USA) for bus service to nearby locations.

Contact Information:Bashakill Bird Conservation Area
Region:Shawangunk Mountains