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Interpretive Panels: ELODWA and Skinner Creek

A series of 10 interpretive panels were designed and installed in the Sandy Creeks watershed including the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes & Wetlands Area. Please select the links below to view the panels and use the navigational map located at the bottom right of each panel to see where you can view each panel in the ecosystem. Project partners include New York Sea Grant, Great Lakes Seaway Trail, New York State Tug Hill Commission and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with funds from New York State Department of State.

Skinner Creek Panel

Gateway North Panel

Bird Sanctuary Panel - El Dorado Nature Preserve

Dune Formation Panel

Backdune Wetlands Panel - Black Pond WMA

Human Uses Panel

Backdune Wetlands Panel - Lakeview WMA

Bird Sanctuary Panel - Sandy Pond Beach

Sand Transport Panel

Gateway South Panel


Interpretive Panel: Tony Kotz/TODC partnership vision

New York State Parks is hosting an interpretive panel at Sandy Island Beach State Park. This new panel was developed in memory of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Coalition's former Chairperson, Tony Kotz. It also highlights the key to the coalition's success along ELODWA, PARTNERSHIPS! Please select the link below to view the panel.

Kotz/TODC Panel


Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes & Wetlands Area Fact sheets

A series of fact sheets was deveoloped as a component of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes & Wetlands Area (ELODWA) Traveling Trunk. Both formal and informal educators will be able to bring ELODWA education to their lessons without traveling to the unique and fragile coastal freshwater dune ecosystem. Please slect the links below to view facts sheets. The New York State Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources provided project funding. Other project partners include the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Oswego County BOCES, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Nature Conservancy, and Town of Sandy Creek.

Common Beach Litter

Bog Buckmoth


Dune Building Plants

Lake Ontario Wetlands



Yellow Perch




The sand dunes along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario are an integral part of a coastal barrier environment that consists of beaches, sand dunes, embayments and wetlands. This barrier system, which extends for roughly 17 miles, contains the largest and most extensive freshwater sand dune formations in New York State.




habitat restoration

Click on the tabs above to discover more about this fascinating coastal environment, including it's flora and fauna, the trails and boat routes available, and how you can help protect this area. If you are interested in educational activities, check out the Dune Fun pages and the Activities for Learning More pages. For more technical information about the dunes and wetlands, visit the reference pages and the publications pages. Enjoy your visit!!



2010 Monitoring Recreational Use in the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune & Wetland Area--(PDF report)


This site has been developed by the New York Sea Grant Extension Program in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and The Ontario Dune Coalition to provide resources for those wishing to learn more about this unique system and its use and management.

For additional information on the eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands contact:

Mary Penney
Coastal Community Development Specialist

New York Sea Grant Extension Program