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Joseph Davis State Park
Description: Located on the banks of the Lower Niagara River, this park’s diverse habitats enable all visitors to enjoy the natural world. Wetlands, successional shrublands, fields, meadows, forest and open waters attract an abundance of species. The trail system provides easy access, and improvement projects have enhanced several habitats.

Wildlife to Watch: Among the wildlife visitors may see are largemouth bass thrashing around in the shallows in the summer, as well as frogs, peepers and turtles. The Bird Conservation Area here features many species, such as bald eagles, bobolinks, yellow warblers, brown thrashers, northern mockingbirds, gray catbirds, American goldfinches, orchard orioles, Bonaparte’s gulls and waterfowl on the Niagara River, including long-tailed ducks in migration and during the winter.

Special Tips: The park is open year-round. Hours vary by season; contact the park for more information. Hunting and fishing are allowed in season.

Pavilions are accessible.

716-754-8213; 4143 Lower River Road, Lewiston, NY 14092


Other Activities: There are several trails, including a nature trail and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails that wind through fields and woodlands.

Ownership: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 
Size: 375 acres 
Closest Town: Lewiston

RestroomsParkingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingHunting

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Common Moorhen - Photo by Gerry Lemmo
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From the NYS Thruway/I-90 west, take exit 50 to I-290 west toward Niagara Falls. Take exit 25B toward NY-104/Robert Moses Pkwy. Merge onto Upper Mountain Rd. Keep left at the fork, and follow the signs for NY-104 west/Robert Moses Pkwy. Take the Robert Moses Pkwy. to the exit for Pletcher Rd. (about 4.1 miles). Turn left onto Pletcher Rd. Take the first right onto Park Rd. The park entrance is on the left.

Map Link

Joseph Davis State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area