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Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area

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Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) - The primary purposes of Lake Shore Marshes WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This complex is composed of seven separate units, is bounded on the north by Lake Ontario and contains approximately 6,179 acres of wetlands and adjacent uplands.

Featured Activities

Hunting & Trapping
Lake Shore Marshes WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 8F. During the hunting season, pheasants, rabbits, woodcock, squirrels, deer and waterfowl are taken in good numbers. Muskrats and mink are common furbearers and provide trapping recreation. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Fishing
Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, bullhead and panfish is popular.

Wildlife Viewing
Bird watching is excellent on the various units. Bring along your binoculars and camera for added enjoyment.

Directions

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  • Larkin Road - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Ridge Road, South Sodus - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • East Bay Road, by lake - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • East Bay Road, near Nanny Marsh - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • North Huron Road, East Bay fishing access - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • East Bay Road, south - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Clapper Road - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • West Port Bay Road, near Clapper Road - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • West Port Bay Road, fishing access (south) - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • West Port Bay Road, fishing access Beaver Creek - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Harden Drive, Red Creek - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Broadway Road, Red Creek - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Broadway Road, Lake Ontario overlook - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • West Port Bay Road north boat launch - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Fields Hill Road, Black Creek Unit - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Leroy Island Road - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • East Bay Rd, Nanny Marsh overlook - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Garner Road, Nanny Marsh overlook - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Dutch St Road, Whistlewood Trail - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Slaught Road, East Bay Boat Launch - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
  • Kakat Road, Black Creek Unit fishing access - Get Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

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.

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Lake Shore Marshes 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)

How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Lake Shore Marshes WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 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.

All of the area is available for public use. Development has included the construction of small water impoundments and parking areas at scenic locations overlooking areas used by migrating waterfowl. Other developments consist of boat access sites and trails available to fishermen, hunters, hikers and naturalists. The area offers a unique combination of lake and bay marshes providing varied habitats for many species of fish, mammals, songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl. Management objectives emphasize waterfowl utilization of this area. Public recreational uses of a non-conflicting nature is encouraged. Black ducks, mallards, wood ducks and teal are the principal waterfowl species along with a variety of diving ducks on the open water areas.

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.