Indian Creek Nature Center consists of approximately 320 acres located within the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area in the town of Canton in New York State. The center borders flooded lands between the Oswegatchie and Grasse Rivers designed to enhance waterfowl habitat. The center contains approximately 7.9 miles of trails, including a boardwalk trail through a marsh to an overlook with expansive views of Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area. Elevation ranges from 308 feet in the northern portion to 350 feet near the road in the southern portion. All trails are free and open to the public. Extensive efforts are underway to improve many of the trails including informational plaques and a guided nature trail. Please enjoy the center as a wildlife haven with a myriad of amphibians, mammals, and resident and migratory birds. The center also offers a number of guided programs in the spring and fall. Future and past events are described on the right.
Winter Snow Shoe Treks And Family Fun Days
Join us for easy snowshoe or ski rambles at least once a month when snow conditions allow (the center has some snowshoes to loan). We'll check for tracks and birds and then have hot cocoa by the fire. Please bring extra mittens for the kids. Date depends on snow – look for times and dates in the newspapers, on the radio, or on the internet (ncpr and northcountrynow).
John Green Memorial Dedication
The dedication and official opening of the John Green Memorial Overlook/Shelter at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Rensselaer Falls took place on November 8, 2014. A prominent naturalist who taught at St.Lawrence University, Dr. Green was one of the founding members of the nature center and a long time member of the board; he passed away in 2011. The covered overlook was constructed by ICNC board members and friends and is located on the eastern side of the property along the Lowland Trail adjacent to the Upper and Lower Lakes marsh. It took approximately a year to construct, with all materials being carried in to the site by hand. Construction costs came from memorial fund donations as well as gifts in kind.
How To Get Here
The center has two entrances on County Route 14 (CR14) which connects State Highway 68 to Rennselaer Falls. County Route 14 leaves State Highway 68 approximately 6 miles outside the village of Canton in the direction of Ogdensburg.From route 68 proceed 2.9 miles down CR14. The East entrance will be on your left across from a red barn. This entrance will allow you to access the Wildflower Loop and Upland trails.On the left approximately 0.5 miles further down CR14, will be the main entrance to Indian Creek Nature Center. This entrance will allow you to access the Boardwalk-Observation Deck trail (note: this trail is fully handicapped accessible), the Lowland trail, the Observation Tower trail, and the western end of the Upland trail. At the end of this entrance road (0.3 miles) is a parking area.