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Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area

Canton, St. Lawrence County

viewing blind, bobolink, canada geese, marsh

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Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area comprises wetlands, upland fields and forest. The majority of the area lies between the Grass River and the Oswegatchie River. It is an important nesting area for water-dependent birds, a migratory bird concentration area, and valuable wetland furbearer habitat. The Indian Creek Nature Center features trails, observation platforms and a picnic pavilion. The Nature Center and public hunting portions of the area are open year-round. The remainder of the area is open from mid-August until the end of May.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Accessible blind and trail
  • Observation tower
  • Nature center trails

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching
  • Canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing

Accessible Features

International Symbol of Accessibility

Upper and Lower Lakes WMA features include accessible parking along the county road, a 600 foot long trail suitable for use with mobility devices and an accessible blind for waterfowl viewing and hunting opportunities. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


8,666 acres

Closest Town

Canton and Rensselaer Falls


See the DEC website for a map of the area. Hold Shift down while clicking on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact information:

Telephone: 315-785-2254
Website: Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area

Photo credits: Cody Wilson (DEC), USFWS, Susan Shafer (DEC)