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Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area

Utica, Oneida County

mallards and wetlands at Utica Marsh

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Utica Marsh is a unique urban wetland situated on the edge of the City of Utica, partly in the Town of Marcy, sandwiched between the Mohawk River on the south and the New York State Barge Canal on the north. The mixture of cattail wetlands, wet meadows, open water pools and flooded willows creates a diverse marsh habitat that harbors a tremendous variety of plants and animals, especially birds. You can view many varieties of birds and wetland wildlife while hiking, bicycling or paddling around this very accessible natural oasis.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Cattail wetlands
  • Wet meadows, open-water pools
  • Flooded willow woods

Recreational Opportunities

  • Viewing platform accessible for persons with disabilities and two observation towers
  • Hiking and nature trails, some with boardwalks; bicycle trail
  • Fishing; pavilion and car-top boat launch on the Mohawk River; boat ramp on the Barge Canal


213 acres

Closest Town



See Google Maps for step by step directions to Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area. (This link will open a page outside of the DEC website. Hold Shift down while clicking on the link to open it in a new window.)

Currently, access to the area is difficult because of the closing of the bridge on Barnes Ave. The link above directs users to a parking area east of the marsh at the Utica Dept. of Transportation office, from which visitors must use the bikeway along the State Barge Canal to access the marsh, a distance of about 1 mile. Call the Utica NYSDEC office at the number below for a more complete explanation of access to the WMA.

Contact Information

Address: Barnes Avenue, Utica, NY 13502
Telephone: 315-793-2557 for the NYSDEC Utica Office
Website: Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area

Photo Credits: Jim Clayton, Stephen Litwhiler