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Spicer Creek Wildlife Management Area

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Size: 34 acres

Spicer Creek WMA is located along East River Road in the Town of Grand Island in Erie County. The parcel includes rights to a portion of the Niagara River bed along 1600 feet of its shoreline. The area is primarily made up of wetland habitat.

Accessible observation area at Spicer Creek WMA
Accessible observation area in Spicer Creek WMA

Day Use Activities and Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Wildlife Observation

A few activities are prohibited: off road vehicular travel (i.e. cars, trucks, snowmobiles, motorcycles and all terrain vehicles), swimming, boating with motors and camping.

Watchable Wildlife

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Users of the area are likely to encounter a variety of wildlife species. The more common species are beaver, muskrat, rabbit, mink, raccoon, fox, a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds, birds of prey, amphibians and reptiles and a variety of song birds.


The area was purchased in 2004 by the DEC. The area consists of nearly 26 acres of wetland and approximately eight acres of brushland and woodland. The area was acquired to ensure the permanent preservation of this diverse natural wetland.


Current development and management objectives for the area are to provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species and to permit compatible wildlife related recreational use. Secondary management objectives are to protect and maintain special wildlife habitats that exist on the area such as the valuable wetland habitat and the Niagara River corridor.

In 2009, a universal trail and combination hunting blind/observation deck was developed on the site. The construction of the project was partially funded by the Oakawanda Wildlife Foundation. This will provide access to the river for waterfowl hunting and wildlife observation. These activities are carried out with monies derived mainly from hunting license fees and federal taxes on sporting arms and ammunition.

For more information, call or write to:

Region 9 Wildlife Manager
182 East Union Street, Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706


From Buffalo: Go north on Route 190 to Grand Island and go east on East River Road just north of Whitehaven Road