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The Ischua Creek is known for stocked and wild brown trout and is one of the top-rated streams in the western part of New York. Trout season in New York runs from April 1 to October 15. For information on fishing access sites and Public Fishing Rights use the interactive DEC infoLocator Map -- be sure to select the "Trout Stream Fishing Access" layer to view PFR easements and available parking areas on the map. This version is not mobile friendly.
If you're looking for another relaxing way to enjoy the water, the Ischua Creek has become a popular destination for kayaks and canoes. Numerous sites along the creek provide ample parking and ease of launching and loading boats. Favorite spots are 5 Mile Rd (west of Rte. 16), Farwell Road (follow the road behind the old school house), Town Barn (Mill St.), and Gile Hollow Rd.
The Ischua Creek Preserve
Nestled along the streambank and hillside of the Ischua Creek, the 7.6-acre nature preserve provides critical shading of the water channel for three rare aquatic vertebrate species. One of the species is presently proposed for "Threatened" status listing by the NYS DEC. The preserve site is now protected from logging. The red oaks, white ashes, sugar maples and eastern hemlocks stabilize the steep slope above and help prevent landslides, which can damage the critical habitat features of the creek in this location. The preserve's forest features several spring ephemeral wild flowers such as white and red trilliums. Rock outcrops along the creek bank provide visual interest and important additional habitat features.
The Ischua Creek preserve was purchased on June 9, 2017 by The Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York, Inc. The 501(c)3 non-profit education corporation has become essential in protecting rare, threatened, and endangered species in our region.