"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

July 1, 2017

Salt Point Nature Preserve

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park
We stumbled across this little preserve by chance this week while we were looking for a good place to fly fish. It's a beautiful spot to spend a little time relaxing...taking in the sights and sounds of nature. 

Salt Point was named because the International Salt Company produced table and other salt products on this site from 1891 through 1962. The company was the heart and soul of the small community. Syrian workers built houses and the company erected the tiny St. George Syrian Orthodox Church, which still holds services today. Erie Canal boats would come down the lake to pick up salt for distribution. 

In the 1970's the DEC established a fish hatchery on the point that operated for ten years. For the next 25 years the site was not used for anything official and became a favorite hangout for illegal activities. Most people referred to it as 'UC Point' after the popular Utica Club beer.

In 2006, the town of Lansing returned the point to its the natural state, planting new trees and two acres of wildflowers around Salt Point, mowing several walking trails and closing the point to automobiles. The once rowdy party point is now a family-oriented natural area...a great place to watch birds, see wildflowers and access the lake with canoes and kayaks.
Birds and butterflies seem to love this preserve. This a Baltimore Oriole 
View of the preserve
A few of the wildflowers we saw along the trail
Map of Myers Park and Salt Point in Lansing, NY
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