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Dead Creek WMA

All Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are open to hunting, trapping, fishing, wildlife viewing and other wildlife-related outdoor activities.

The Fish & Wildlife Department currently owns 98 Wildlife Management Areas totaling more than 145,000 acres throughout Vermont.

Select a district to view maps and descriptions of WMAs in that district.

Permanent Licenses for People with Disabilities

Vermont offers no-cost licenses for individuals with disabilities.

Residents with Blindness

Disabled Veteran Fishing

A legally blind person who is a Vermont resident may apply for a free permanent fishing license. Documentation from the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired is required.

Aquatic Invasive Animals

Use LIEP to learn more about common aquatic invasive animal species found in Vermont waters. 

Aquatic invasive animal species impact Vermont's ecosystems and recreational opportunities. These species can harm native animal populations and limit fishing and boating activities. However, there are many steps you can take to prevent the spread of these species and protect Vermont's waters. 

Water Chestnut

European Water Chestnut

European water chestnut grows in slow-moving, nutrient-rich rivers and lakes and can grow in shallow waters to depths of 16 ft. In Vermont, water chestnut has been found in southern Lake Champlain and its tributaries, Mississquoi Bay, Lake Bomoseen, and several other lakes and ponds throughout the state.

Starry Stonewort

Starry Stonewort

Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) can be found in slow moving rivers, lakes and ponds at depths of 3 to 95 ft. It prefers waters that are relatively high in calcium and phosphorus. In Vermont, starry stonewort is documented in Lake Memphremagog and Lake Derby.

European Frogbit

European Frogbit

European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) prefers calcium-rich, quiet waters such as marshes, swamps, ponds, slow-moving rivers and lakes, sheltered inlets and bays, and ditches. In Vermont, frogbit has been documented in southern Lake Champlain, Shelburne Pond, the Winooski River delta, the islands region of Lake Champlain, and Mississquoi Bay.

Purple Loosestrife

Purple loosestrife

Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is usually found in wetlands, marshes, river and stream sides, roadside ditches, culverts, and lake and pond shores. However, loosestrife can also grow in drier soils such as those of meadows, pastureland, and home gardens. In Vermont, purple loosestrife has the highest densities in Essex county but can also be found in Chittenden, Addison, Washington, and Windsor counties.

Glossy Buckthorn

Glossy Buckthorn

Glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus) tolerates a wide variety of conditions but thrives best in wet or moist soils and is therefore found in wetlands, bogs, river and streambank habitats, and wet meadows. However, it can also grow in drier habitats such as forests, fields, roadsides, and disturbed areas. In Vermont, glossy buckthorn occurs in all counties, but is most common in Rutland, Windsor, Chittenden, Caledonia, and Essex counties.  


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