Allegany State Park
Salamanca, Cattaraugus Co.
Visit any pond or wetland on a warm, sunny day at Allegany State Park and you'll find yourself enchanted by the dipping, diving, hovering dragonflies and damselflies in gorgeous metallic colors. In the evening, spotlighting at the grounds around Red House Lake reveals deer, skunks and other animals.
Wildlife to Watch
- White-tailed deer, black bears, beavers, fishers, porcupines,coyotes, bobcats
- Bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons
- Spiny soft-shelled turtle, smooth green snake
- Bluebirds, swallows, many species of warblers
- Dragonflies, damselflies; swallowtail, mourning cloak and monarch butterflies
Where to Watch
- Beaver ponds, wetlands
- Old-growth forest, pine plantations
- Open meadows
- Museums,naturalists on staff
- Hiking, naturalist walks, bicycling
- Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
- Canoeing, horseback riding
- Fishing, hunting
- Campsites, cabins, cottages
This Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site has accessible features that include camping, fishing, hunting, scenic views and recreation programs. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.
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Website: Allegany State Park (This link leaves the DEC site)
Photo Credits: Ray Minnick, Sue Shafer, Ray Minnick