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Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area
Located at the south end of Conesus Lake, the westernmost of the Finger Lakes, this picturesque wetland community contains many wetland impoundment’s. The largest covers 400 acres. Managed for public use and the enjoyment of wildlife, this is excellent habitat for water birds and wildlife viewi...
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Buttermilk Falls State Park
Description: Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Buttermilk Falls is one of many gorges with waterfalls that cut through the native shales to the lake valley. Essentially a linear park, running more than 2 miles in length, it stretches from where Buttermilk Creek enters Treman Lake and then tumbles through a deep, wooded gorge past beautiful potholes and many waterfalls to spectacular Buttermilk Falls itself.

Wildlife to Watch: Muskrat, beaver, and mink are among the water mammals that utilize this waterway. Campers might expect to see skunk, raccoon, opossum, and red fox. Watch at dusk for little brown bats and big brown bats and flying squirrels. Coyotes can be heard some nights. Most obvious by day will be gray and red squirrels, chipmunks, and cottontail rabbits. Upland birds inhabiting the park are ruffed grouse and wild turkey. Songbirds abound during the migratory peak in mid-May. Watch overhead for sharp-shinned, red-tailed, and broad-winged hawks. Other noteworthy birds include pileated woodpecker, owls, and great blue heron. Ferns, mosses, and wildflowers add to the beauty of the cool, moist, shaded gorge.

Special Tips: A trail brochure is available for the nature trail that encircles Larch Meadows wetland behind the ball fields not far from the park entrance.

Other Activities: Swimming is permitted in the falls plunge pool; cabins and ten sites are available.

Ownership: NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 
Size: 751 acres 
Closest Town: Ithaca

RestroomsParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesHandicap AccessibleFee

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Red Fox - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The park is in central New York, just south of Ithaca on Route 13.

For more information call 607-387-7041.

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Buttermilk Falls State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area