Lake Erie

A comprehensive list of access sites for Lake Erie in New York.

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Parks, Preserves, and Beaches along Lake Erie

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Parks and Recreation Areas

From east to west here are the places you can get close to Lake Erie to swim, fish, or take photos. As we visit each site, we will profile them with photos and details.

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Lake Erie Parks and Beaches in New York

Photo coming soonLa Salle Park, Buffalo

Buffalo’s largest waterfront park, located on the mouth of the Niagara River, parallels the break-wall and the Niagara Thruway from the Erie Basin Marina to the Navy Operational Support Center. The park features playing fields, a small concert venue, picnic facilities, a dog park, and a walkway along the shoreline.

Erie Basin Marina - BuffaloErie Basin Marina and Gardens

Along the mouth of the Buffalo River to Lake Erie, this waterfront park wraps around a full-service marina and ends with a tower that has amazing views of the city and waterfront. There are historic markers, restaurants, ice cream, art displays, and beautiful gardens.

Naval Military Park BuffaloVeterans Park and the Naval & Military Park

Not quite on Lake Erie, this beautiful Buffalo River-side park serves as a memorial to American wars. The Military Park is a museum for decommissioned vessels and includes a cruiser, submarine, and destroyer. It is located right next to Erie Basin Marina and Gardens.

Buffalo LighthouseLighthouse Point Park

This was US Coast Guard property, and for some time was not accessible to the public. In 2010, their station was reconfigured to allow for public access through a small path that runs along the station to the point where the restored 1833 lighthouse is open for tours. Several historic markers and nautical artifacts are also present.

Times Beach Nature PreserveTimes Beach Nature Preserve

Once an Irish shantytown where grain and port workers lived, it became a waste disposal site to store dredge waste from the canal and port. It was abandoned in the 1970s and was left to sit. Despite heavy contamination, nature has taken over. The preserve has hiking trails and excellent bird-watching opportunities.

Wilkeson Point ParkWilkeson Pointe Park

Buffalo’s newest waterfront park used to be where they would store the ice boom cleared for winter shipping season. This 20 acre park on the Outer Harbor is beautifully landscaped and woven with paths and interesting art. It has a beach, but no swimming.

Buffalo Outer HarborOuter Harbor & the Greenway Nature Trail

This large patch of the Outer Harbor has been turned into a beautiful green-space with beautiful meadows surrounding patches of trees. The Greenway Nature Trail wraps around the space, and has excellent unobstructed views of the lake. A large concert venue on the north end caters to some of the nation’s biggest bands.

Gallagher BeachNFTA Boat Harbor Park and Gallagher Beach

A large public marina with over 1000 boat slips, a restaurant, general store, viewing pier, boat and personal watercraft launches. There’s no swimming, but the beach and the views are beautiful.

Photo coming soonWoodlawn Beach State Park

This State Park, on the easternmost point of Lake Erie, is operated by the Town of Hamburg. It features a large sandy swimming beach with snack and cocktail bar, restaurant, nature center, trails, and children’s play area.

Hamburg Town ClockHamburg Town Clock

A small viewing area where Lakeshore Rd meets Big Tree Road near Athol Springs in Hamburg. There are a few benches. The area has several lake-side diners.

Hamburg Town Beach ParkHamburg Beach Park

The Town of Hamburg operates this community park. Resident permits for parking and visitation are required. It features a sandy swimming beach, changing rooms, and a snack bar. A boat launch and fitness center are also available to town residents.

Lake Erie PhotosLake Erie Seaway Trail Visitor Center

Located in the former Wanakah Water Company building in Hamburg, 12 miles south of Buffalo, it serves tourists with directions, and information about historical, cultural, environmental, scenic, and recreational resources along the western end of the Seaway Trail. This is an excellent spot for catching Lake Erie sunsets.

Sturgeon Point MarinaSturgeon Point Marina

This public marina in the Town of Evans has numerous slips, a boat launch, dry dock, a snack bar, and picnic areas with beautiful views of Lake Erie. No swimming.

Wendt Beach ParkWendt Beach Park

This Erie County park in Angola has a large beautiful sandy swimming beach, snack shop, playing fields, picnic facilities, nature trails, a playground, and enclosed shelter.

Bennett Beach Lake OntarioBennett Beach Park

A beautiful Erie County park where Big Sister Creek reaches Lake Erie and has a large sandy swimming beach with large sand dunes. Features fishing, swimming, boating, picnic areas and playgrounds.

Photo coming soonEvans Town Park

This community park has playing fields, ball courts, playgrounds, 10 shelters, and a 10 acre waterfront. The park is open to town residents and their guests only.

Lake Erie Beach ParkLake Erie Beach Park

This is a new lakefront park with a large sandy swimming beach in the Town of Evans. It is open to the public and has one pavilion, restrooms, a playground, picnic area, and basketball courts.

Evangola State ParkEvangola State Park

This massive 733 acre lakefront park and beach in Brant, NY has a large sandy swimming beach, scenic picnic area that stretches along the beach, nature trails, playing fields, playgrounds, campgrounds, pavilions, and a wide variety of wildlife and habitats.

Hanover BeachCattaraugus Creek Boat Launch and Town of Hanover Beach

A DEC boat launch on the southern shore of Cattaraugus Creek at Sunset Bay has access to the pier along Lake Erie. Adjacent to the pier is the town’s public beach, a small sandy beach with a guarded swimming area, pavilion, playground, and picnic facilities.

Photo coming soonGeorge Borrello Park

A boat launch, pavilion, and small sandy beach in the Village of Silver Creek at the Walnut Creek outlet.

Silver Creek Parking AreaSilver Creek Rest Area

A small pull-over along Rt 5 Westbound west of Silver Creek. It has picnic tables and you can kind-of see Lake Erie from a hidden spot in the back.

Eagle Bay on Lake ErieEagle Bay Pullover

A small pull-over along Rt 5 Westbound west of Silver Creek. It has views of Lake Erie and a small path to the beach.

Photo coming soonSheridan Bay Park

Reserve a campsite, or pay just $1 for a day pass to this private lakeside campground and beach. 3 Miles east of Dunkirk.

Photo coming soonSt. Hyacinth Cemetery

A beautiful Polish Catholic cemetery overlooking Erie Lake, just east of Dunkirk.


Photo coming soonWright Park

The City of Dunkirk hosts this park on Lake Erie. It features ball-fields, basketball courts, street hockey court, skate park, picnic facilities, shelters, and a sandy beach along Lake Erie.

Photo coming soonDunkirk City Pier and Memorial Park

The city pier, off of Central Ave., has public parking, boat launches, and fishing and sightseeing opportunities. Nearby Memorial Park is a beautiful lakeside park dedicated to the city’s veterans.

Photo coming soonDunkirk Lighthouse

Built in 1875 on Gratiot Point, the light still serves as a navigational beacon to this day. It’s free to visit the grounds and explore the history, but tours will cost you.

Photo coming soonGratiot Point Park

This Dunkirk City park and beach has picnic facilities, playgrounds, a ball-field, and a sandy swimming beach.

Photo coming soonLake Erie State Park

Featuring a fully-equipped campground on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie, this State Park west of Dunkirk has hiking trails, picnic facilities, and a scenic beach. No swimming.

Photo coming soonOttoway Park

A small community park east of Barcelona. It has a pavilion and a walking path with views of the lake from the bluff.

Photo coming soonBarcelona Harbor and Lighthouse

The Barcelona Pier is a great place to fish and view Lake Erie. Nearby is the 1828 Barcelona Lighthouse, which is on private property, but visible from various points around it.

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Barcelona Lake access

A small parking lot off of Main St. in Barcelona leads to a sandy beach.

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