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Lakeview Wildlife Management Area is part of the largest natural fresh water barrier beach system in New York State. Located in southern Jefferson County, Lakeview WMA is bordered by Southwick Beach State Park to the north and Lake Ontario to the west. This 3,461 acre area is located on NY 3, twenty miles southwest of Watertown, or fifteen miles northwest of Pulaski.
Lakeview WMA offers over three miles of foot trails and two viewing towers. The main trail can be accessed via the road into Southwick Beach State Park. This trail begins in a section of hardwoods and ends on the shorelines of Lake Ontario. This trail can also be accessed from the parking area at Lakeview Pond. Two dune walkover structures enable visitors to actually walk over the fragile dunes and enjoy the shoreline of Lake Ontario. On a clear day, the observation tower on Montario Point Road allows a bird's-eye view of the management area.
A suggested hike is from the Sandy Creek Boat/Fishing Access Parking area off NY 3. Simply follow the gravel old road from the parking area to the viewing platform 0.65 miles away. Total mileage for this hike is 1.3 miles.
A popular hike is the Lakeview Natural Beach Hike. This hike features a one mile woods walk prior to reaching the beach. The Lakeview Natural Beach Hike is a total six mile round trip hike, which you can make it as much as 7.4 miles if you wish or less, depending on how long you walk along the beach.
Look below for the main trail map of the northern area of the WMA from the Kiosk near the toll booth at Southwick Beach State Park. We have also included a topo map that we created from our walks in the area, which includes the southern part of the WMA and the official NY DEC map. There are also pictures from the WMA as well as a video from the observation tower on Montario Point Road.
South Sandy Creek
Observation Tower On Montario Pt Road
Nature Trail near Southwick Beach State Park
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