A great variety of wildlife finds high-quality habitat on this WMA, making it a worthwhile stop for birding and other wildlife observation. Wood duck, great blue heron, swamp sparrow, and least flycatcher are abundant in the silver maple-ash swamp. Each spring, thousands of salamanders migrate from the surrounding upland forest into the swamp to breed.
The pursuit of game is also quite good here. Deer, bear, turkey, and cottontail rabbit are common. Each fall, pheasants are released into the larger fields. American woodcock are abundant during migration. Several miles of trails exist on the WMA. A series of old farm lanes are located around — or traverse through — many of the fields, providing excellent views of the surrounding hills.
Paddling is also a great way to experience the inlet and swamp. Kayaks and canoes can be put in just north of the WMA at the Honeoye Lake State Boat Launch, where there is a small parking fee.
Read more about Honeoye Inlet WMA in the April/May 2022 edition of the Conservationist.
Photo of field at Honeoye Inlet WMA by Michael Palermo.