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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. All of the area is available for public use. Public recreational uses of a non-conflicting nature is encouraged.

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Hunting and 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. Muskrat and mink are common furbearers and provide trapping recreation. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Lake Shore WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, bullhead and panfish is popular. The Port Bay West fishing access site on the northern part of Port Bay has an accessible parking area, fishing platform and hand boat launch.

Wildlife Viewing
The area offers a unique combination of lake and bay marshes providing varied habitats for many species of fish, mammals, songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl. Black ducks, mallards, wood ducks and teal are the principal waterfowl species along with a variety of diving ducks on the open water areas. Use both the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF 453 KB) and Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF 240 KB) as wildlife viewing guides.

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Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

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
  • 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
  • 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.

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How We Manage

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Lake Shore Marshes 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.

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. Management objectives emphasize waterfowl utilization of this area.

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.