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Great Swamp Conservancy

Canastota, Madison Co.

Great swamp wetlands, trails and wildlife

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See ospreys perched atop nesting platforms and roam several miles of trails through diverse habitats looking for a variety of birds, as well as other wildlife, in this special place designated by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area near Oneida Lake in Central New York.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Forested wetland
  • Grassland and shrubland
  • Upland woods
  • Wet meadow, marsh, flooded swamp, and a restored pond

Recreational Opportunities

  • Visitor center (accommodates large meetings and educational programs)
  • Accessible nature trails, with brochures, a boardwalk, photo blinds, lookouts and interpretive signs
  • Anne V. Pickard Wildlife Overlook parking area
  • Accessible fishing platform at Simpson Park
  • Parking for buses and motor homes at the main nature complex

Directions

See Google Maps for step by step directions to Great Swamp Conservancy (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)

Size

About 302 total acres on four properties, however access to the 100-acre wetland visible from the Anne V. Pickard Wildlife Overlook is limited to the parking area only

Contact Information

Address: 8375 North Main Street, Canastota, NY 13032
Telephone: 315-697-2950
Website: The Great Swamp Conservancy, Inc. (This link leaves the DEC website)