- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Town of Ellisburg, Jefferson County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6G
- Map: Black Pond WMA Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The primary purposes of Black Pond Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 526-acre parcel. It is a natural wetland complex consisting of a barrier beach, dune, open water, emergent marsh, and wooded/shrub swamp. Lakeshore barrier beach and wetland complexes such as this are rare in New York State. In recognition of this, the area has been designated as a significant coastal fish and wildlife habitat by the New York Department of State.
The WMA was designated as a Bird Conservation Area by the state as part of the Eastern Lake Ontario Marshes BCA on August 31, 1998. This WMA has significant breeding and over-wintering habitat for birds and is located along the eastern shoreline of Lake Ontario, a critical migratory corridor. The Black Pond WMA is bordered on the north by El Dorado Beach Preserve, which is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. Together, the two parcels contain a significant length of natural shoreline, which attracts several species of migrating shorebirds during late summer and early fall.