Fish and Wildlife Management Area
The Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area is a shallow water bay-marsh complex existing in five units along the Lake Ontario shoreline ranging from two to six miles west of Rochester. Going westerly from Rochester, these units include Buck Pond, Long Pond, Cranberry Pond, Braddock Bay and Rose Marsh. All of these ponds except Braddock Bay, are connected to the lake by intermittent channels, which plug and open up as lake currents and wave action change the character of the gravel and sand barrier bars.
This bay-marsh area provides excellent waterfowl nesting, resting and feeding habitats. Puddle ducks, particularly mallards, blue-winged teal and wood ducks are common nesters. During the spring and fall migrations, all waterfowl common to the Atlantic flyway utilize the area including scarce species such as brant, Barrow's goldeneye and the Harlequin duck. The primary wildlife objectives for this area are to maximize waterfowl production and provide prime feeding and resting areas for migratory waterfowl.
Management will include level ditching to improve marsh interspersion and the establishment of grasslands and nesting islands to encourage waterfowl nesting. Other management activities may include erection of wood duck nest structures, controlled burns, purple loosestrife control and waterfowl surveys. Future activities on the Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area may include the construction of a fishing pier and additional parking areas and/or overlooks. Educational opportunities will also be expanded promoting the wetlands ands their associated wildlife.
Ownership and Administration:
In 1982, the Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area consisting of 2,125 acres was transferred to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from the Office of Parks and Recreation. This transfer did not include approximately 375 acres which includes Braddock Bay Marina, Braddock Bay Park (day use area) and Beatty Point that was leased to the Town of Greece in 1981. To assure that the bay-marsh complex will be effectively and efficiently managed, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Greece entered into a management agreement in 1980. This agreement created a local review committee consisting of various interest groups which assist the Department and Town in the management of the area.
Braddock Bay Hawk Migration
A hawk lookout has been conducted at Braddock Bay since 1975. These counts are conducted from two locations, the observation tower at Braddock Bay Park and the west spit. In 1987, over 106,644 raptors, including 15 species, were counted on the February to June survey. The peak of the hawk migration generally occurs in late April.
Public Use Opportunities:
- Wildlife observation and photography (no blinds available).
- Boating and canoeing.
- Trapping-by permit only.
- Hunting-waterfowl, small game and big game-No permit required. Shotgun hunting for deer in Rose Marsh Unit, west of Manitou Beach Road, only. The entire complex is open to archery hunting. No waterfowl hunting in designated waterfowl refuges on Long Pond and Rose Marsh (posted with yellow and green signs). No hunting within 500 feet of a building.
- A picnic area and pavilion, observation platform, education center, nature center and marina are located at the Braddock Bay Park.
* A nature trail can be used as a hiking trail, a hiking trail differs from a nature trails in that a nature trail usually has printed information along the trails and often has a brochure