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Lake Shore Marshes

Wildlife Management Area

Lake Shore Marshes WMA

History and Features:

The Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area is located between Rochester and Oswego in the northeastern part of Wayne County. This complex is composed of several units, is bounded on the north by. Lake Ontario and contains approximately 6,179 acres of wetlands and adjacent uplands.

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-bay marsh environments 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.

Public Use:

Management units are identified with appropriate signs. Most of the area is available for public use with certain sections reserved as waterfowl refuge areas. Regulations governing public use have been designed to preserve the integrity of the wildlife habitat. Camping is not allowed. During the hunting season, pheasants, rabbits, woodcock, squirrels, deer and waterfowl are taken in good numbers. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike and panfish is popular. Muskrats and mink are common furbearers and provide trapping recreation. Bird watching is excellent on the various units.

Bring along your binoculars and camera for added enjoyment while enjoying the natural flora and fauna which characterize this complex.

Lake Shore Marshes Facility Information
Activity Availability
Upland Yes
Wetland Yes
Hiking Trails* Yes
Nature Trails* No
Boat Access Yes
Parking Lot Yes
Viewing Tower No
Scenic Vistas Yes
Picnic Areas No
Restrooms No
Birdwatching Yes
Camping No
X-Country Skiing Yes
Snowshoeing Yes
Hunting Yes
Fishing Yes
Trapping Yes
Endangered Species No
Unusual Plants Yes

* 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