Spicer Creek Wildlife Management Area
- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 9 Allegany Office: 716-372-0645 (M-F, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM); firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 1-877-457-5680 or 911
- Location: Town of Grand Island, Erie County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 9A
- Maps: Spicer Creek Wildlife Management Area Map || Spicer Creek Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF, 1.91 MB)
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Spicer Creek WMA is a 34-acre property 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 in Spicer Creek WMA
Hunting and trapping are allowed on the property. There are two accessible hunting blinds on the Niagara River.
The hunting blinds are included in the waterfowl lottery and permit program coordinated by Beaver Island State Park (leaves DEC website). A free permit is required to hunt at these blinds. The lottery drawings for blinds are held at the state park every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during waterfowl hunting season. For more information, call the state park office at 716-773-3271.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
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.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
A universally accessible parking area, trail and two hunting blind/observation decks are available for people of all abilities.
From Buffalo: Go north on Route 190 to Grand Island and then head east on East River Road. The parking area is on the right just past the intersection with Whitehaven Road.
All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
- Parking Area: Get Google Map Driving Directions (leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations:
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations (leaves DEC website)
- The following activities are not permitted in Spicer Creek WMA:
- Off road vehicular travel, including:
- All-terrain vehicles
- Boating with motors
- Off road vehicular travel, including:
Outdoor Safety Tips:
How We Manage Spicer Creek WMA
Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Spicer Creek is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing/photography). Funding to maintain and manage this site is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration or "Pittman-Robertson" Act, which is acquired through excise taxes on sporting arms, ammunition and archery equipment.
The following highlights some of the principal management objectives and techniques for the Spicer Creek:
- To provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species
- To permit compatible wildlife related recreational use
- 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 universally accessible 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. In 2015, a second blind was developed as part of Governor Cuomo's initiative to improve access on state lands. These blinds 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.
The area was purchased in 2004 by the DEC. The area consists of nearly 26 acres of wetland and approximately 8 acres of brushland and woodland. The area was acquired to ensure the permanent preservation of this diverse natural wetland.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
- Motor Island Wildlife Management Area
- Beaver Island State Park (leaves DEC website)
- Buckthorn Island State Park (leaves DEC website)
Visit Buffalo Niagara (leaves DEC website) and the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.
Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.
Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.