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
This site has a wheelchair-accessible
wildlife viewing platform along
Ausable Point Campground Road.
Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Size: 660 acres
Closest Town: Peru
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: