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Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area
Description: Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area is a large wetland buffered by upland fields and forest, lying between the Grass River and the Oswegatchie River. An observation tower overlooks the refuge. In addition, the Indian Creek Nature Center, a privately operated nature center open to the public, is located along the western boundary.

Wildlife to Watch: The area is designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. Thousands of waterfowl, including Canada geese, mallards, black ducks, pintails, wood ducks, hooded mergansers and ring-necked ducks can be observed during spring and fall migrations. Visitors may also see pied-billed grebes, black terns, least bitterns, bald eagles, northern harriers and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds here.

Special Tips: This site has some accessible features, including parking, nature trail and a viewing/hunting blind.

Indian Creek Nature Center, 315-379-1383, Canton, NY 13617


Other Activities: The area has two short trails and a universally accessible trail and blind.

A boat launch is located on the Grass River at the north end of the area, and an observation tower, universally accessible trail and blind are located on the marsh at the south end of the area. The rest of the Wildlife Management Area is restricted access, open to the public between mid-August and the end of May only. The Indian Creek Nature Center is open to the public year-round.

Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 
Size: 8,666 acres 
Closest Town: Canton and Rensselaer Falls

RestroomsParkingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchVisitor CenterHuntingHandicap AccessibleLarge BoatsSmall Boats

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Black Ducks - Photo by Bill Banaszwrski
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From Canton, NY take Rte. 68 3 miles to the west to reach the boat launch. To reach the Indian Creek Nature Center, continue along Rte. 68 to a left turn onto Rte. 14. The main entrance is approximately 3 miles on the left. The accessible trail and blind and the observation tower are located on Rte. 15, approximately 5 miles west of US 11, just north of Dekalb Junction.

Map Link

Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area