We are fortunate in Monroe County for the resources of twenty-one parks with 12,000 acres of Monroe County’s Park System. Oatka Creek Park is a part of the Monroe County park system in the Town of Wheatland NY. Park entrance is 9797 Union Street, Scottsville, New York.
Oatka Creek Park is 461 acres in size. spanning both banks of one mile of Oatka Creek. The park is without playground equipment common to most parks, but offers other outdoor experiences. The park is a favorite of wildlife and fishing enthusiasts. Park activities include bird watching, camping, canoeing, fishing, geo-catching, hiking, kayaking, and soccer. Within the park are nine different trails, each less than 1 mile long. Winter activities include Cross-Country Skiing and snowshoeing.
Oatka Lodge is newly renovated with a capacity of 50 inhabitants. It has picnic tables, a wood burning stove, oven and refrigerator, water, and bathrooms. Lodges mat be rented from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Summer park hours from April 1st to October are 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Winter park hours from November to March 31 are 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
All pets must be leashed and their dropping must be cleaned up. You are responsible to remove your garbage upon departure.
Park boundaries are Union Street (County Road 170) on the east, Stewart Road on the south. The railroad tracks of Rochester & Southern Railroad are north and west. The hamlet of Garbutt is northeast of the park. About one mile of Oatka Creek passes through the park.
Oatka Creek is the third longest tributary of the Genesee River of Western New York. Currently the creek is an important resource for its water supply and recreational uses. It’s a popular trout stream that is stocked each year. Testing of water quality has shown to be within normal limits, with slightly higher sulfate levels from gypsum and dolomite in the bedrock.
Wheatland is a town in southeast Monroe County. It has a population of 4,775 in an area of 30.7 square miles. Wheatland is south of Riga, and Chili, west of Henrietta and Rush and the Genesee River. Oatka Creek a tributary of the Genesee River is the prime waterway in Wheatland.
Its terrain has low rolling hills along the Genesee River, its fertile lands are ideal for agricultural purposes. Native Americans of the Seneca Nation were established in the area. Its forest area provided hunting and they were the first to farm this area.
Settlers first arrived in the area in 1789 and established a town in 1821. In early times land was farmed growing wheat for mills to grind into flour. In due course the American Midwest’s wheat production caused a decline in local wheat production.
Possibly the best thing about this park is its unique qualities. It may be without playground equipment but it has more to offer, especially with great weather ahead.