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Deer Creek
Marsh WMA


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The 1771 acre Deer Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area is located in northwestern Oswego County along the shore of Lake Ontario and Deer Creek. Deer Creek Marsh WMA is a combination of wetland types that include open cattails and a bog. The main feature is an extensive barrier beach and sand dune system that separates plus protects the marshland from Lake Ontario.

There are hiking trails located in this WMA, however most visitors utilize the beach plus fish or kayak in Deer Creek.  There is a parking area off NY 3 just north of Port Ontario - Salmon River bridge.  There is another parking area on Kelly Drive.  The main parking area is near the end of South Rainbow Shores Road. There is a Y with a dirt road on the left (with a NO TRESPASSING sign). This is the DEC access road to the WMA parking area. When you read the sign closer it states no trespassing between 10pm-5am.  Take the dirt road to the end and a large parking area with a kiosk.

There are two small overlooks along the somewhat overgrown trail.  There is a side trail off the main trail that looks like it gets used by beach users. The WMA has nearly 1.5 miles of wild Lake Ontario shoreline. This is one of those places that you'll probably not see to many people.  Look below for a couple of pictures and a map of the WMA.


Boardwalk and Lake Ontario overlook

Trail near Lake Ontario

Deer Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area Map

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