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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

ParkingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingPicnic tablesBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Gulls - Photo by Bill Benaszwrski
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From the south: Take I-90 to I-290 west. Stay right at the fork, and merge onto I-190 north. Take exit 20 (Long Rd.). Turn left on Grand Island Blvd. Turn right on Long Rd. and continue to the end. Turn left on Baseline Rd. and continue to the end. Turn left on East-West Park Rd. The park will be on the right, with various access points along East-West Park Rd.

From the north: Take I-190 south to exit 20A, turn left onto East-West Park Rd. The park will be on the left.

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Buckhorn Island State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area