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Moss Lake Preserve

Houghton, Allegany County

woodchuck, moss lake, pied-billed grebe


Moss Lake Preserve is designated as a national, natural landmark and is owned by The Nature Conservancy. The most outstanding feature of the preserve is its 15-acre bog lake, which was formed thousands of years ago. After the last continental glacier melted, it left behind a water-filled depression. Eventually, a sphagnum moss mat grew over much of the open water.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Boardwalk
  • Woodland Trails

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching


82 acres

Closest Town



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Contact Information

Telephone: 585-546-8030

Address: Sand Hill Road, Houghton, NY

Website: Moss Lake Preserve (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo Credits: The Nature Conservancy