Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area
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- Location: Towns of Parma and Greece in Monroe County
- Dates of Operation: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact: DEC Region 8 (Avon) 585-226-2466
- Maps: Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF, 2.1 MB) || Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area Map
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
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 DEC 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 ensure that the bay-marsh complex will be effectively and efficiently managed, DEC 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.
Photo Credits: Dana Hilderbrant, Sue Shafer, Jim Clayton
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)
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 453 KB) and Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF, 240 KB) as wildlife viewing guides.
General information on watchable wildlife includes tips for viewing wildlife and links to other watchable wildlife locations.
This expanse of grasslands, marshes and open water, just west of Rochester on the south shore of Lake Ontario, is an important stop on the Atlantic Flyway for large gatherings of migrating raptors, waterfowl and songbirds in the spring and fall. The geography here funnels thousands of birds to food, shelter and nesting sites among the wetlands, scrub and woods.
Wildlife to Watch
- Northern harrier, many other varieties of migrating hawks and owls
- Bobolink, meadowlark, sedge wren, savannah sparrow and many varieties of migrating songbirds
- Pied-billed grebes, American bitterns and least bitterns, black terns
- White-tailed deer, coyotes, red foxes, raccoons and muskrats
- Waterfowl, including mallards, blue-winged teal, wood ducks, brant, Barrow's goldeneye and Harlequin ducks
- Snapping turtles and painted turtles
Where to Watch
- Roadways provide easy access to the many trails
- Boardwalk into the marsh
- Wildlife blinds
- Hawk-watch platform
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
Braddock Bay has some accessible trails and an accessible wildlife observation/fishing platform.
All Google links leave DEC website.
- Manitou Beach Road, large parking area - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- End of Lake Shore Drive, paved - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Hogan Point Road, large - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Lowden Point Road, large parking area - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Long Point Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Long Point Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Edgemere Drive, access to Cranberry Pond - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Edgemere Drive - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Edgemere Drive access to Buck Pond - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- In Braddock Bay State Park - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Next to Baraddock Bay Marina, before marina entrance - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- At end of Braddock Bay Marina - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Greece Road, next to water - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Lowden Point Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Bennet Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Hawk Stand - Get Google Map Driving Directions
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations
The following activities are not permitted in Braddock Bay WMA:
- Unless specifically stated, using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Swimming or bathing
- Using metal detectors, searching for or removing historic or cultural artifacts without a permit
- 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
- 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
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.