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Region 8 offers a multitude of opportunities for outdoor adventures. If you’re an angler, hunter, boater, hiker, photographer or like to canoe or kayak, you can find it in Region 8.
Lake Ontario borders the three northern counties of Region 8, Orleans, Monroe and Wayne County. Besides the stunning sunrises and sunsets for the photographer, there are many excellent access points and boat launches to take advantage of Lake Ontario’s fantastic salmon and trout fishing and warm water fishery. The major ports have plenty of charters available for visitors. The tributaries offer salmon, brown trout and steelhead with Oak Orchard being a world class brown trout destination.
Region 8 also has excellent warm water fisheries in the Finger Lakes region, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Conesus and Honeoye Lakes to name a few. There are many miles of warm water streams and rivers. It also offers inland stream trout fishing with most having public fishing rights.
The Erie Canal, miles of streams and rivers and small lakes offer opportunities to explore the area with a canoe or kayak. Hikers can access the Finger Lakes Trail that crosses Region 8. Also, most state land Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) and NY State Parks have trails.
For the hunter, the region offers turkey, waterfowl and whitetail deer. The deer population is especially strong in the Lake Plains counties and Steuben County. The resident Canada geese are so abundant that in some areas they are referred to as “nuisance geese.” The New York WMA and some state lands have stocked pheasant hunting. There are many state lands and forests open to public hunting throughout the region such as the Northern Montezuma WMA with over 6,000 acres and the Oak Orchard and Tonawanda WMA with approximately 11,000 acres open to the public.
Seneca County has the Seneca Army Depot with its white whitetail deer. Tours can be arranged through Seneca White Deer, Inc.
For the photographer or someone who just enjoys the outdoors, the Finger Lakes offer many waterfalls, vistas and beautiful sunsets as does Stony Brook, Letchworth and Watkins Glen State Parks.
Here are a few highlights. Region 8 certainly offers plenty of options for outdoors minded persons.
Rainbow over Lake Alice
Erie Canal Eagle Harbor
Region 8 photos and information courtesy of Mike & Krys Elam. Used with permission.