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Dunkirk Harbor

Dunkirk, Chautauqua County

Ducks, Sandpipers

A paved pier is the most popular place to access this harbor on the southern shore of Lake Erie, just 40 miles southwest of Buffalo. Visitors here can see masses of waterfowl during spring and fall migrations. In the winter, ducks and anglers are drawn to the harbor, which is sheltered from winds and waves, and kept ice-free by heated water from a nearby power plant.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Common goldeneyes
  • Common mergansers
  • Buffleheads
  • Caspian terns
  • Baird's sandpipers
  • Common loons
  • Red-throated loons

Where to Watch

  • Main Pier
  • Memorial Park
  • Lakeside Blvd.

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Go to Google Maps, and enter your address for step-by-step directions to Dunkirk Harbor. (This link will open a page outside the DEC website. Hold the "Shift" key down, and click on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact Information

Telephone: 716-366-0454

Website: Dunkirk Harbor (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credit: Thomas Janik