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Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Description: Over thousands of years, a fertile delta formed where the Ausable River empties into Lake Champlain. A walk here includes spectacular views of historic Valcour Island, the site of the 1776 naval Battle of Valcour Bay. Looking further to the east, a dramatic view of Vermont’s Green Mountains appears. Looking west, visitors can see Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks.

Ausable Marsh has wildlife habitats ranging from marsh and sandy dunes to floodplain forest. These habitats support many types of fish and wildlife. Streams, marshes and the Ausable River are breeding grounds for several species of fish and frogs, which attract several mammal species and many types of birds. A variety of turtles can be seen basking on logs in the mid-summer sun.

Wildlife to Watch: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has built dikes and other water features that enhance the nesting and feeding habitat for migrating waterfowl. Look for black ducks, mallards, mergansers, teal and common goldeneyes. In addition, nest boxes erected throughout the area mimic the natural tree cavities used by the exquisitely marked wood duck. Canada geese are also regular migrants to the area.

Look for great blue herons feeding on fish and the many frogs that leap into the water as you walk along. Northern pike, largemouth bass and landlocked Atlantic salmon provide tasty meals for ospreys, a threatened bird-of-prey in New York. Two osprey nest platforms are excellent places to see these uncommon birds, which have successfully bred and raised young here.

A visit between December and March may reward you with a bald eagle sighting. During warm months, songbirds including the eastern bluebird (our state bird) frequent adjacent fields, woodlands and marsh edges. The water and its margins are also home to beavers, muskrats and snapping turtles.

Special Tips: This site is open year-round. The Ausable Point Campground is nearby. Hunting, fishing and trapping are allowed during the appropriate seasons as permitted by law. Boundaries and parking areas are clearly marked, and any special regulations are conspicuously posted at all access points.

Other Activities: Parking, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hunting, fishing and trapping in season.

This site has a wheelchair-accessible wildlife viewing platform along Ausable Point Campground Road.


www.dec.ny.gov/ outdoor/24400.html

Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 
Size: 660 acres 
Closest Town: Peru

ParkingFishingHikingPicnic tablesHuntingHandicap AccessibleSmall Boats

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Osprey - Photo by Wayne Jones
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From the Northway (I-87), take exit 35 and proceed east on Rte. 442 approximately 2.5 miles to Rte. 9. Turn left, proceed 0.5 mile and the entrance will be on your right. From Plattsburgh, follow Rte. 9 south for 12 miles.

Map Link

Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area