Spring Activites Around Fish Creek Cabin Resort

Though the winter weather around Central New York has dragged into early April, we are finally beginning to feel and see signs of “real” spring. The sun gazing, the grass starting to regrow, watching the birds who have migrated back pick and turn over leaves looking for grubs. I love hearing the song birds sing in early spring, I missed their voices all winter long. Best of all the snow melting has made the East Branch of Fish Creek runnable for white-water kayakers early this month, now today being April 19, the creek is still flowing at over 3,000 cfs! (~7.5 feet)

IMG_3035On April 4th Timmy saw a group of people kayak right past the resort. After a short conversation he learned that were from NYC and were in the area for a Boy Scout Convention. IMG_3037

Other than white- water kayaking, one could also calm- water kayaking within close distance to Fish Creek Cabin Resort. Parts of the West Branch of Fish Creek are easily accessible a short distance from the resort. We have kayaks available for rent, please see the Kayak Rental tab for more details. If you would like to white-water kayak with a guide we could arrange for you to do so, as well as a calm-water kayak guide.

Other activities within close to distance to Fish Creek Cabin Resort to participate in during Spring/ early summer:

  • Bird-watching
  • Trout fishing (Pike season starts May 4th)
  • Camping
  • Nature/ Wildlife viewing
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • River tubing

Please before you fish, boat, swim, etc. check and make sure you are allowed to during the time of activity. Some activities are prohibited during spawning and breeding seasons.


Other attractions:

46 Corners Management Area includes 8 state forests in the northwest part of Oneida 46- corners management unitcounty (also small portion in Lewis & Oswego County) . The total land area is 18,032 acres and includes:

  • Big Brook State Forest
  • Cobb Brook State Forest
  • Fall Brook State Forest
  • Florence Hill State Forest
  • Furnace Creek State Forest
  • Mad River State Forest
  • Swancott Hill State Forest
  • Tri-County State Forest

“The Management Unit is located on the southern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. Hunters, trappers and anglers find a great resource in the 46 Corners Management Unit. Deer hunting is popular in this area as well as trapping for various mammals. There are 55 miles of trout water tributaries on the Unit. Anglers enjoy Mad River, Furnace Creek, and Florence Creek which flow through the Unit. These creeks feed into the stocked streams of the East Branch and West Branch of Fish Creek and may contain brown and brook trout. Active goshawk and osprey nests have been spotted. Bird watchers and naturalists enjoy the viewing potential on the unit. The four ponds on the unit have become very popular recreation spots. Johnny Smith Pond, 60 acres in size, has some of the highest use. As of yet, there is no hiking trail network developed on the area”. (Information was used from the DEC website under State Forest- 46-Corners WMA, please see their website for more information)

Activities in 46 Corner Management area: Deer hunting, trapping, trout fishing, bird watching, camping, wildlife viewing


Delta Lakes State Park is located on the peninsula extending into Delta Reservoir. The surrounding area is wooded and flat. Visitors can enjoy a day in one of the picnic areas or on one of the many hiking and nature trails. There is also a boat launch and shoreline fishing for bass, bullhead, perch, pike, & trout. Camping sites are available for tent, trailer, or RV’s. Their is also a sandy beach for swimming during the summer. Pets are allowed on a leash or cage. Please see the NYS Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation page for Delta Lake State Park for information about hours, fees & rates, maps, camping reservations, & more.

(Camping season starts May 10th, Beach swimming starts May 26th, Boat launch opens in mid-May)

Activites in Delta Lakes State Park: picnicking, hiking, nature viewing, fishing, boating, camping, swimming


Guided Fishing Tour:

Fishing Charters at Angler’s Bay: Offers guided fishing charters of Oneida Lake that leave directly from Anglers’ Bay in Cleveland, NY daily from May 7th to October 31. Please visit www.fishoneida.com for more information.

Fish for: bass, bullhead, catfish, crappie, perch, walleye, and many more!


Rome Fish Hatchery Rome, NY. This facility hatches over 1 million brown,brook, and rainbow trout eggs annually. After raising rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds are stocked in 11 counties in NYS. This hatchery has a new visitor center with information about history and fish culture.


Rome Sand Plains WMA Rome, NY. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8080.html

“Rome Sand Plains is one of only a handful of inland pine barrens in the nation, encompassing approximately 16,000 acres within the City of Rome, New York. This natural resource treasure consists of high sand dunes and low peat bogs, along with pine barrens and hardwood forests, meadows and wetlands.”

  • Unique bird, butterfly, & plant species attract a variety of outdoor enthusiasts
  • Trails in the Plains: Wood Creek Trail, Sand Dune Trail


Oriskany Flats WMA: 774-acre parcel of public land open to a variety of recreational uses, while serving to maintain, protect, and enhance the natural qualities of this piece of the Mohawk River flood plain. For more information please see http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9327.html

Activities: Open to hunting and trapping during respected seasons, fishing opportunities on the Mohawk River accessible by boat or shore. Hiking, canoeing, and birdwatching.


Oneida County Fish Culture Station– Constantia, NY. Walleyes are netted during spawning season then stripped of eggs and milt, then rears the fry in this fish hatchery. They collect over 300 million eggs per year! The sorting takes between 7-14 days where they can collect 20-30,000 adults (We visited on the 2nd week of April). A display tank temporarily hosts other species found in Oneida lake like: pickerel, perch, bow fish, blue gill, ling, sucker, & cat fish. Tours are available for the public


More information to come on the following:

Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo– Rt. 49 near Rome

Sylvan Beach State Park & Amusement Park– Sylvan Beach, NY

Erie Canal Park– Rt. 49 near Rome

Interested in lodging with us at Fish Creek Cabin Resort? Call and make your reservation today!

Call (315) 749-8912 or email us at info@fishcreekcabinresort.com


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