Most people think of Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) as just the bay itself, easily accessed through Braddock Bay Park or Westpoint Marina.
It actually includes much of the wetland and flight-path surrounding it as well.
If you’re cruising on Edgemere Drive along the ponds or on the parkway between Island Cottage and Bennett Road, eating at Braddock Bay Tavern & Grill, or fishing Salmon Creek, you’re enjoying the Braddock Bay WMA.
The Braddock Bay Complex
If you’re planning a few walks around the area, pick up a “Hit the Trail Passport” at a Wegmans in Greece, the Greece Town Hall or just view the PDF. Many of the trails mentioned below are in the booklet. Handy!
Braddock Bay Park
The park is maintained by the Town of Greece in partnership with the DEC. There are several trails through the park along with a viewing platform and boardwalk.
It’s a great spot to start your walk along the 3-mile (one-way) Cranberry Pond Nature Trail.
As the sign above informs, “One of the largest springtime concentrations of migrating birds of prey occurs in the skies above Braddock Bay. During the months of February through June, upwards of 140,000 hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures can be observed working their way to their breeding grounds in Canada. Each Spring this migration is monitored, as it is a vital barometer of the Environment.”
The Braddock Bay Marina Trail is my favorite trail in Monroe County.
Strong words, I know, but I measure “favorite” based on places I’m drawn back to time and again.
I rarely see many people on this path. Most of the time there will be duck hunters, wildlife photographers, or families educating their children about conservation or types of birds they observe. It’s quite different than your typical park or woodland trail.
It’s roughly one mile out and back.
According to the New York State Department of Conservation, “The area is a shallow water bay-marsh complex existing in five units along the Lake Ontario shoreline, ranging from two to six miles west of Rochester.”
Paddle your way to peace and quiet along Rochester’s water trails. Use these launches for canoes, kayaks, and small motorized watercraft.
Where is your favorite spot?
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