Lakeview Wildlife Management Area
September, 2005 The Lakeview Wildlife Management Area, located on the shore of Lake Ontario about 10 miles north-northwest of Pulaski, NY, offers fabulous opportunities for paddling and wildlife viewing.
We explored parts of North and South Colwell Ponds, South Sandy Creek, Goose Pond, Floodwood Pond, Lakeview Pond, and Lake Ontario itself. The ponds are quite shallow and therefore not navigable by the big noisy power boats that cruise Lake Ontario. The mixture of waterways, grasses, dunes, and water vegetation offer a tremendous variety of paddling experiences. We spotted many herons, osprey, kingfishers, and a variety of ducks. We'll have to come back in the early summer when, no doubt, the area will have an entirely different look.
A wonderful 10-mile round trip can start at South Colwell Pond, heading up through North Colwell Pond, through a channel to South Sandy Creek which leads to a junction with an outlet to Lake Ontario to the west and Goose Pond to the east. Continuing up through the west side of Floodwood Pond, up part of Sandy Creek, head left into a long meandering slough up to Lakeview Pond. Return the same way, possibly paddling on Lake Ontario for the stretch between South Sandy Creek outlet and the southern end of South Colwell Pond. Allow plenty of time for side trips and bird watching.