Fish and Wildlife Management Area
History and Features:
The Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area contains over 1,120 acres located in the township of Conesus, Livingston County, on the southern end of Conesus Lake. It is bounded on the west by West Swamp Road (State Route 256), on the east by East Swamp Road, on the south by Guiltner Road, and on the north by Conesus Lake. The topography of Conesus Inlet consists of a flat valley flood plain with steep sloping hills on the east and west. Vegetation consists primarily of marsh types with a peripheral border of swamp hardwoods, brush, and open land.
In the late 1960's, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation purchased this land, subsequently initiating wildlife management programs to conserve and protect this vital wetland resource. An additional 83 acres was purchased in 1979 to provide access to Conesus Lake and to preserve critical northern pike spawning habitat.
Management objectives are to maintain pike spawning and rearing habitat in the inlet and adjacent wetlands, waterfowl utilization in the marsh, and upland habitat along the edges. The inlet contains the major, if not the only, northern pike spawning grounds on Conesus Lake. Several small ponds and potholes have been created for the wildlife in addition to the development of a major impoundment marsh and other wetland enhancement projects.
Public recreational use is encouraged to the extent it does not conflict with the primary objectives. Normal use includes hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, photography, hiking and environmental education. Several parking lots and two scenic overlooks offer excellent access and opportunities to observe wildlife. A fisherman's access parking area at the north end of the area, on Conesus Lake, also offers car-top boat launch access to the lake. A nature trail along the western portion provides viewing of wetland and upland habitats and wildlife species.
Conesus Inlet game includes waterfowl, deer, pheasants, ruffed grouse, squirrels and cottontail rabbits; while muskrat, mink, raccoon, grey and red fox provide most of the trapping opportunities. The photographer and bird watcher may enjoy these species and numerous other animals such as shorebirds, amphibians, reptiles, raptors, marshbirds and songbirds.
All of the management area lands are identified with New York State signs. The area is open to the public throughout the year. We hope that you will avail yourself of the benefits provided by Conesus Inlet and have a most enjoyable experience.
* 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