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Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area

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Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Braddock Bay WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 2,125 acre parcel which was transferred in 1982 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.

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Hunting & Trapping
Braddock Bay WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 8F. Shotgun hunting for deer is allowed 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. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Braddock Bay WMA is open to fishing, please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing.

Wildlife Viewing
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. Use both the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF) (85KB) and Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) (240KB) as wildlife viewing guides.

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Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Braddock Bay WMA:

  • Unless specifically stated, using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • Kindling fires
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs or other property
  • Overnight storage of boats
  • Cutting, removing or damaging living vegetation
  • Construction of permanent blinds or other structures such as tree stands
  • Littering
  • Storage of personal property

Outdoor Safety Tips

NOTE: Ticks are active whenever temperatures are above freezing but especially so in the late spring and early fall. Deer ticks can transmit Lyme and several other diseases. More information on deer ticks and Lyme disease can be obtained from the NYS Department of Health (Leaves DEC Website). Also, practice Leave No Trace (Leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts.

How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Braddock Bay WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing/photography). Funding to maintain and manage this site is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration or "Pittman-Robertson" Act, which is acquired through excise taxes on sporting arms, ammunition and archery equipment.

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.

Tourism Information for Nearby Attractions, Amenities & Activities

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Web links below can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.