Cazenovia Creek is a small stream in Western New York, United States. The creek is named after Theophilus Cazenove, an agent of the Holland Land Company. Cazenovia Creek is a tributary of the Buffalo River, which empties into Lake Erie. The creek and its watershed are entirely within Erie County, New York.
The East Branch of Cazenovia Creek flows through the Village of East Aurora and has its sources in the Southtowns of Erie County, primarily in the Towns of Colden, Wales, Holland, and Sardinia. The West Branch of Cazenovia Creek rises from sources in the Towns of Colden, Concord, and Sardina.
In 1897, Frederick Law Olmsted, a landscape architect, drew up plans for a park near the south city line of Buffalo, New York. A farm at that location was purchased in 1890, and Cazenovia Park, straddling Cazenovia Creek, was built at that location. The park is in the South Buffalo section of the city.
Cazenovia Creek is well known for its annual ice jams in the early spring when temperatures rise.
Cazenovia Creek also has a wide variety of fish that run through its waters. Species include catfish, Large and Small Mouth bass, and Rainbow and Brown Trout to name a few. Swimming in Cazenovia Creek is prohibited due to safety concerns. Water levels can rise and fall very quickly and the current can be very strong at times. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
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