Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area
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- Location: Between Rochester and Oswego in the northeastern part of Wayne County
- Dates of Operation: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact: DEC Region 8 (Avon): 585-226-5380
- Maps: Lake Shore Marshes WMA Maps in PDF: East (PDF) (3.4 MB), West (PDF) (4.1 MB), and Central (PDF) (1.1 MB) || Lake Shore Marshes WMA Maps: East, West, and Central
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
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.
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.
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) (85KB) and Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) (240KB) as wildlife viewing guides.
All Google links leave DEC website.
- Larkin Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Ridge Road, South Sodus - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- East Bay Road, by lake - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- East Bay Road, near Nanny Marsh - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- North Huron Road, East Bay fishing access - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- East Bay Road, south - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Clapper Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- West Port Bay Road, near Clapper Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- West Port Bay Road, fishing access (south) - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- West Port Bay Road, fishing access Beaver Creek - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Harden Drive, Red Creek - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Broadway Road, Red Creek - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Broadway Road, Lake Ontario overlook - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- West Port Bay Road north boat launch - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Fields Hill Road, Black Creek Unit - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Leroy Island Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- East Bay Rd, Nanny Marsh overlook - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Garner Road, Nanny Marsh overlook - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Dutch St Road, Whistlewood Trail - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Slaught Road, East Bay Boat Launch - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Kakat Road, Black Creek Unit fishing access - 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 Lake Shore Marshes WMA:
- Unless specifically stated, using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Swimming or bathing
- 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
- 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, 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.
- Wayne County Tourism (Leaves DEC Website)
- Ontario County Finger Lakes Visitors Connection (Leaves DEC website)