Significant Coastal Fish & Wildlife Habitats

There are many different kinds of coastal habitats in New York State, including marshes, wetlands, mud and sandflats, beaches, rocky shores, riverine wetlands and riparian corridors, stream, bay and harbor bottoms, submerged aquatic vegetation beds, dunes, old fields, grasslands and woodlands and forests. Coastal habitats provide living and feeding areas for animals, and are also economically important.

Some of these areas may have been designated as Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats (SCFWH). To designate a SCFWH, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) evaluates the significance of coastal fish and wildlife habitat areas, and following a recommendation from the DEC, the Department of State designates and maps specific areas. A Technical Memorandum, developed by the Department of Environmental Conservation describes the rating system used to identify and rate Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats.

For each designated SCFWH site, a habitat map and narrative are created to provide site-specific information. The habitat narrative constitutes a record of the basis for the significant coastal fish and wildlife habitat's designation and provides specific information regarding the fish and wildlife resources that depend on this area. General information is also provided to assist in evaluating impacts of proposed activities on characteristics of the habitat which are essential to the habitat's values. There are over 250 SCFWH sites designated statewide.

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Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River

American Island Pools
Big Sister Creek
Braddock Bay and Salmon Creek
Brandy Brook
Buckhorn Island - Goat Island Rapids
Buckhorn Island Tern Colony
Buckhorn Island Wetlands
Butterfly Creek Wetlands
Calf Island
Campbell Marsh
Canadaway Creek
Carlton Island - Featherbed Shoals
Cattaraugus Creek
Chautauqua Creek
Chippewa Bay Tern Colonies
Chippewa Bay
Chippewa Creek Marsh
Coles Creek
Crooked Creek Marsh
Deer Creek Marsh
Derby Hill
Dexter Marsh and Black River
Dunkirk Harbor
East Bay
Eel Bay
Eighteen Mile Creek - Lake Erie
Eighteen Mile Creek - Lake Ontario
El Dorado Beach and Black Pond Wetlands
Fourmile Creek Bay
Fox Island - Grenadier Island Shoals
French Creek Marsh
Galop Island Pools
Galop Island Bays
Genesee River
Goose Bay and Cranberry Creek
Grand Island Tributaries
Grass River
Grenadier Island
Grindstone Island Wetlands
Grindstone Creek and Marsh
Gull and Bass Islands
Irondequoit Bay and Creek
Ironsides Island
Johnson Creek
Keg Creek
Lake of the Isles
Lake St. Lawrence Tern Colonies
Lake Shore Marshes
Lakeview Marsh
Little Galloo Island
Little Salmon River
Lower Niagara River Rapids
Moses - Saunders Tailwaters
North and South Sandy Ponds
North Buffalo Harbor
Oak Orchard Creek
Oswegatchie River
Oswego River
Point Peninsula
Point Peninsula Marsh
Port Bay
Ramona Beach Marsh
Sage Creek Marsh
Salmon Creek
Salmon River
Sandy Pond Tributaries
Sandy Creek
Seneca Shoals
Silver Creek and Walnut Creek
Slater Creek
Small Boat Harbor
Smoke Creek Shoals
Snake Creek Marsh
Sodus Bay
St. Lawrence River Shoreline Bays
Sterling Creek and Wetlands
Stony Point - Lime Barrel Shoals
Stony Island
Strawberry Island - Motor Island Shallows
Teal Marsh
Thousand Island Tern Colonies
Tifft Farm Nature Preserve
Times Beach Diked Disposal Site
Tuscarora Bay Marsh
Van Buren Point
Wellesley Island Pools
Whitehouse - Ogden Island Bays
Wilson Bay and Marsh
Wilson Hill Wildlife Mangement Area
Wilson Hill Island - Tucker Terrace Area


Hudson River

Black Creek
Brandow Point Marsh and Flats
Catskill Creek
Catskill Deepwater
Coeymans Hannacroix Creeks Complex
Constitution Marsh
Coxsackie Creek
Coxsackie Island Backwater
Croton River and Bay
Esopus Estuary
Esopus Meadows
Fishkill Creek
Germantown - Clermont Flats
Haverstraw Bay
Hook Mountain
Hudson Highlands
Inbocht Bay and Duck Cove
Iona Island Marsh
Kingston Poughkeepsie Deepwater
Manitou Marsh
Mill Creek Wetlands
Moodna Creek
Normans Kill
North and South Tivoli Bays
Papscanee Marsh and Creek
Piermont Marsh
Ramshorn Marsh
Roeliff - Jansen Kill
Rogers Island
Rondout Creek
Schodack and Houghtaling Islands and Schodack Creek
Shad and Schermerhorn Islands
Smith's Landing
South Bay Creek and Marsh
Stockport Creek and Flats
Stuyvesant Marsh
The Flats
Vanderburgh Cove and Shallows
Vosburgh Swamp and Middle Ground Flats
Wappinger Creek


New York City

Alley Pond Park
Breezy Point
Fresh Kills
Goethals Bridge Pond
Jamaica Bay
Lemon Creek
Little Neck Bay
Lower Hudson Reach
Meadow and Willow Lakes
North and South Brother Islands
Pelham Bay Park Wetlands
Pralls Island
Sawmill Creek Marshes
Shooters Island
Udall's Cove


Long Island Sound and Long Island

Accabonac Harbor
Accabonac/Hog Creek Point Shallows
Alewife-Scoy Pond Wetlands
Alewife Creek and Big Fresh Pond
Atlantic Double Dunes
Baiting Hollow Wetlands and Beach
Beaverdam Creek
Big and Little Reed Ponds
Carmans River
Caumsett State Park
Cedar Beach Point
Cedar Point/Hedges Bank Shallows
Cedar Point Peninsula
Conkling Point
Connetquot River
Conscience Bay, Little Bay, and Setauket Harbor
Corey Creek
Cow Neck
Crab Meadow Wetlands and Beach
Cranberry Bog County Park
Culloden Point
Cupsogue County Park
Cutchogue Harbor and Wetlands
Democrat Point
Downs Creek
Dumpling Islands and Flat Hammock
Dune Road Marsh
East Hempstead Bay
Eaton's Neck Point
Far Pond and Middle Pond Inlets
Fishers Island Beaches, Pine Islands and Shallows
Flanders Bay Wetlands
Flax Pond
Fort Pond
Gardiners Island
Goldsmith Inlet and Beach
Grandifolia Sandhills
Great Gull Island
Great South Bay-East
Great South Bay-West
Hashamomuck Pond
Hempstead Harbor
Herod Point Shoals
Hither Hills Uplands
Huckleberry Island
Huntington Bay
Jamesport Town Beach
Jockey Creek Sandspit
Jones Beach East
Jones Beach West
Lake Montauk
Little Creek and Beach
Little Neck Bay
Lloyd Harbor
Lloyd Point
Long Beach Bay
Long Pond Greenbelt
Manhasset Bay
Marshlands Conservancy
Mashomack Preserve
Mattituck Inlet Wetlands and Beaches
Mecox Bay and Beach
Middle Hempstead Bay
Mill Neck Creek, Beaver Brook, and Frost Creek
Montauk Point Shoals
Moriches Bay
Mount Sinai Harbor
Napeague Beach
Napeague Harbor
Nassau Beach
Nissequogue Inlet Beaches (Short Beach Town Park)
Nissequogue River
Northport Bay
Northwest Creek
Noyack Bay Beaches
Orient Harbor
Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor
Oyster Pond
Parking Lot 9, Jones Beach State Park
Peconic River
Pipes Cove Creek and Moores Drain
Playland Lake and Manursing Island Flats
Plum Gut
Port Jefferson Beaches
Port Jefferson Harbor
Port of Egypt Island
Premium River - Pine Brook Wetlands
Prospect Point
Richmond Creek and Beach
Roanoke Shoals
Robins Island
Sagaponack Inlet
Sag Harbor and Northwest Harbor
Sand City (Eatons Neck)
Sebonac Neck
Shell Beach
Shelter Island Eastern Shallows
Shinnecock Bay
Silver Point Beach
Smith Point County Park
Southampton Beach
South Oyster Bay
Stony Brook Harbor and West Meadow
Storehouse, Jones Beach State Park
Swan River
The Race
Three Mile Harbor
Tiana Beach
Tobay Sanctuary
Towd Point
Udall's Cove
Wading River Marsh and Beach
West Hempstead Bay
Westhampton Beach & Dunes