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
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: