Buckhorn Island State Park
|Description: Buckhorn Island State Park nature preserve includes nearly 900 acres of
marsh, meadows, woods and the last vestige of marshlands and meadows
that border the Niagara River. Visitors are encouraged to walk the nature
trails or hike, bike and cross-country ski here. The island also boasts a Bird
Conservation Area. Ongoing restoration continues to reestablish wetland
cover and water levels and increase the diversity of native flora and fauna.|
Wildlife to Watch: Buckhorn Island has large numbers and diverse species of gulls and supports
a varied waterfowl population. The marsh at Buckhorn provides
important nesting habitat for species such as least bittern, northern harrier
and sedge wren. It also serves as a feeding, resting and breeding area for
ducks, coots, moorhens and rails. Common terns find suitable habitat for
foraging here as well.
Special Tips: The park is open year-round, dawn to dusk. There are no restrooms
within the park.
This site has accessible fishing.
716-773-3271, c/o Beaver Island State Park, 2136 West Oakfield Rd.,
Grand Island, NY 14072
Other Activities: The park has several trails, including a bike/hike trail. In addition, there are
two wildlife overlooks.
Ownership: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Size: 895 acres
Closest Town: Grand Island
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: