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Amherst State Park Fishing

    Public fishing in the Park can be divided into three sections. Starting at the Glenn Avenue bridge in the Village of Williamsville, the Creek offers solitude and beauty that is hard to find in most Urban areas of Western New York. This section offers almost a mile of fishing and extends past the Tennis Center on Mill Street, past some deeper pools to a large steel bridge at the old Orchard below St. Mary’s Apartments on Mill Street. This section is reached by parking in the lot off of Glenn Avenue. (See “A” on Map.)

    The next section starts at the steel bridge near the old Orchard and extends to the Park Country Club Golf Course. Some fast riffles along with some slow moving deeper pockets are in this part of the creek. It is very woodsy and secluded. Park in the St. Mary’s parking lot and hike approximately ¼ mile thru the old Orchard to the bridge. (See “B” on Map)

    The third section is a short stretch overlooking The Park Country Club. It consists of some deeper pools and a shallower section reached by walking in the creek.  Access to this section is via the parking area at St. Mary’s Apartments off of Mil Street. (See “C” on Map)

    Fishing Ellicott Creek in Amherst State Park can be broken down into warm and cold water activity depending on the water temperature and time of the year. Warm water fishing species of that inhabit the creek include bass, sunfish, carp, bullhead, pike, and pickerel. Cold water fish include trout, steelhead and even an occasional salmon. In addition, some Trout stocking has occurred in recent years. There are no physical barriers that would stop fish from traveling to the creek from Lake Erie, the Niagara River and Tonawanda Creek. Species inhabiting those bodies of water could travel to Ellicott Creek up to the first barrier which is the falls just south of Glenn Avenue in the Village of Williamsville. Extensive flooding can occur at different times of the year. The creek tends to clear quickly due to most of its location being on the rock ledge of the Onondaga Escarpment. Abundant wildlife such as deer, fox, and herons inhabit the Park.    

Note: There is a lot of history and beauty in this section of the Park. Please pack out and pick up any trash you may see when using this wonderful area.