View of a pond from the Boardwalk Trail
Indian Creek Nature Center features ~320 acres of woods and wetland within the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the Town of Canton, NY. The Center borders flooded lands between the Oswegatchie and Grasse Rivers designed to enhance waterfowl habitat. The nearly eight miles of trails at Indian Creek include a boardwalk trail through a marsh to an overlook with expansive views of Upper and Lower Lakes WMA. All trails are free and open to the public. Many of the trails include informational plaques or feature self guided nature walks. Please enjoy the center as a wildlife haven with a myriad of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and resident and migratory birds. Guided programs are offered throughout the year. Please contact us for information on guided programs.
Indian Creek Nature Center (ICNC) is a not-for-profit organization formed to promote and facilitate environmental education and the year-round appreciation of nature and conservation. Our goals are to provide an educational setting and to foster environmental awareness while using adaptive ecosystem management strategies to protect, conserve, and appreciate native fauna and flora. ICNC serves St. Lawrence and surrounding counties, providing opportunities for nature study of all kinds.
ICNC is operated by North Country Conservation-Education Associates, Inc., a section 509(a)(1) nonprofit corporation formed in 1972. We rely on memberships, grantors and donors for operation and maintenance of ICNC. We work to promote and provide an accessible setting for nature education and appreciation. As part of our mission, the Board of Directors periodically update a Master Plan which identifies both short and long range goals, thereby providing a guidance document to direct the operation and continued development of the Nature Center. The Master Plan, rather than being a strict directive, is flexible enough to accommodate other needs and ideas.
Directions to the Center
The Center is located at 770 County Route 14 (CR14), Rensselaer Falls, New York. There are two entrances on CR14, which connect State Route 68 (NY68) to the Village of Rensselaer Falls. From Canton, take NY68 approximately six miles, turning left on CR14 toward Rensselaer Falls. From Ogdensburg, take NY68 approximately 12 miles and turn right on CR14. Proceed approximately three miles to the ICNC east entrance on the left, across from a red barn. This entrance will allow you to access the Wildflower Loop and Upland Trail. Continuing on CR14 approximately 1/2 mile further the ICNC main entrance is reached. This entrance provides access to the Boardwalk, Observation Deck, Lowland, and Observation Tower Trails. In addition, the western end of the Upland Trail may be accessed via this entrance. Parking is at the end of the entrance roads. In addition, there is a small parking lot just before a gate for access when the main entrance road is closed.