Scotts Bluff, Wolcott, NY
One of the many places of Prayer in Upstate NY.
The area between Rochester and Oswego is noted for its drumlins, or rolling hills. There are also numerous spectacular bluffs near and on the shore. Fortunately the DEC owns several strips of land just east of Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario.
Experiencing Scotts Bluff
The entrance area and parking lot is situated on a plateau overlooking Lake Ontario. To the right you will get a nice view of Scotts Bluff. You may wish to spend some time above, be aware that the grassy area on the bluff may not be mowed. This is DEC land and it is not well maintained. There are no facilities here.
To get to the beach look for a herd path to your left in the woods. The trail to the beach is about 50 to 100 yards in length.
The beach is about a mile in length and depending upon when you visit may have a few people or none at all on it. To your right (east) is Scotts bluff. To your left (west) are the fields of consciousness, located a couple of hundred yards down.
As you walk west you will begin to see an inland marsh to your left. The fields are located about 40-50 feet east of the narrowest part of the barrier, a narrow sliver of land, which divides the Red Creek marsh from Lake Ontario. There are several stacked fields(4) of consciousness located in front of an American Willow and a large downed tree. Very Nice.
I am told that a heavy ran can overrun the barrier separating Red Creek Marsh from Lake Ontario. When this happens a little waterway forms between the marsh and Lake Ontario at the center of the marsh, where the barrier is the thinnest. Again this thin part of the barrier serves as a point of reference to indicate that the fields of consciousness are located 40-50 feet to the east. People canoe and explore the marsh area.
The beach is covered with Lake Ontario stones and provides for a beautiful walk. You will also find lots of brownstone, or sandstone, throughout.
If you have never been to nearby Chimney Bluffs State Park it is certainly worth a visit for its spectacular views and bluffs.
From Wolcott take East Port road to Brown, take the second right onto Cemetery/Kyle (Cemetery turns into Church and then into Kyle) road. Take a left onto Broadway. Follow Broadway past Kakat all the way to the end.
Reference: The Edge Walker’s Guide to Lake Ontario Beachcombing, by Susan Peterson Gateley, 2003.
Thanks to Lorraine Mavins for her photography and assistance.