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Deer Creek Marsh

Richland, New York

Deer Creek Marsh

Deer Creek Marsh Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Deer Creek meanders through one of the extensive marshes that line the shores of eastern Lake Ontario. Fortunately, many of these marshes have protection from development by inclusion in six state parks or wildlife management areas. Although the creek affords a view of only a tiny portion of Deer Creek Wildlife Management Area, we found that the accessible area abounds with wildlife. True to its name, a deer drank from the creek as we paddled along; upon spotting us, it crashed off through the thick cattails, waving its white tail at us in annoyance. Because Deer Creek remains unobtrusive—sometimes with no outlet to the lake—not many people boat here, compared with the heavy fishing and recreational use of Salmon River, just to the south. Thus, wildlife has not become nocturnal. When we paddled here in June, we saw at least a dozen muskrat harvesting grass in the late afternoon sun; one unconcerned fellow sat out in plain view and watched us with a wary eye as we paddled by. On our return trip, we surprised a beaver cutting alder branches along the shore. After staring at us for a few moments, it slid into the water as we glided by. Satisfied that we did not belong in its environs, it whacked the water vigorously, sending showers into the air in front of us. Habitat type: shallow, slow-flowing creek"

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Mexico, NY
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4/19/2019
This is a very nice area to paddle. If you want to see wildlife this is the place. We saw turtles,geese,ducks, hawks,fish,and a beaver. Next time we will bring a lunch to enjoy on the beach at the end of the creek. This is a nice spot if you want to just spend a few hours on the water.
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Richland
Nearby City
Day Trip
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
New York Atlas Map 83:D5, USGS Pulaski
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