Almost 30 years in the Utica area and after seeing the viewing tower from 5 8 12 figured about time to check this out. It’s a gem! Seems like so far from urban setting. Went on hot day so critters and water was quiet but many large birds viewed. Definitely will go back late April or early May during migration. Actually biked the Stone dust paths on gravel bikes from the N Genesee st parking area. Mileage stated is accurate