Welcome

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.

Plant Species At The Center

Are you interested in the large variety of plants you will find at the Center? We have compiled a list of over 400 species of ferns, grasses, sedges, herbaceous plants, trees, and more! You will find a complete list and directions for downloading the list here.

Environmental Management Council Invasive Species Workshop

As part of an educational outreach on threats posed by invasive species in our area, the Environmental Management Council Invasive Species Committee will provide a special presentation for EMC members and other interested parties on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 from 12:00 noon until its completion in late afternoon. A substantial number of invasive species can be found at the Nature Center and nearby sites.

Don O'Shea, EMC Invasive Species Chair, will be joined by other presenters (including DEC and ICNC personnel) in conducting this program. We will begin the program at the Main Entrance parking lot, looking at several segments around this area, before proceeding along the roadway and travelling a short distance along CR 14, continuing to the East Entrance area, and finally checking out one or more nearby sites. We will address several topics including: invasive species identification and life cycles; their impact on native species, human health, the economy and the environment; ways to detect, manage and prevent invasives from becoming even more widespread.

This program is open to the public but space will be limited, so pre-registration is required. Please call prior to the program date to reserve a spot. Vehicle access may be a problem at some sites, so car-pooling is recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress appropriately for weather and site conditions and bring bug protection. Meet at the pavilion near the Main Entrance parking lot. 

Rain date May 31st.

Contact information: Don O'Shea (315) 393-5137

Activities at the Center

The Indian Creek Nature Center hosts activities all year round. Here are a few of the events we have hosted along with photographs of some of the flora and fauna you will encounter on a visit to the center. Enjoy!

Snowshoe Fun!

Suited up and ready to go!

Ready to go!

Off we go on the Marsh Boardwalk

Off we go on the Marsh Boardwalk.

Snowshoe fun

Snowshoe fun!

Birdwatching along the way

Birdwatching along the way

Feathered Friends

Cardinal

Cardinal

Bluebird

Bluebird

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher