Background and Information about Canoga Creek and Canoga Marsh
Canoga Marsh is the delta of Canoga Creek and lies along the northwest shore of Cayuga Lake, the second largest Finger Lake in Central New York State. Cayuga Lake is part of the Oswego River basin, which drains north to Lake Ontario. The portion of the marsh owned by Canoga Creek Farm is in the USDA Wetlands Reserve Program. A significant portion of the remaining marsh not owned by Canoga Creek Farm is a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Management Area. The balance of Canoga Marsh is privately owned.
The Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Plan lists the Canoga Creek subwatershed as a priority for restoration and protection efforts. It is important because among the subwatersheds it has the largest percentage of land as wetlands, it is proximate to the large Montezuma Wetlands Complex and it has aunique system of springs at its headwaters. The Restoration Plan stresses the value of both wetlands education and on the ground efforts as strategies for watershed management.