Sturgeon Point Marina – Town of Evans

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Location / Directions / Maps

Location: On the east end of Lake Erie; off of Rt 5; west of the village of Angola and hamlet of Derby; town of Evans; Erie County; New York.

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GPS: Navigational beacon near the beach: N 42.69122 / W 79.04765
Boat Launch: N 42.69158 / W 79.04529
Entrance: N 42.68985 / W 79.04658

Directions: From Buffalo (north): Take the Buffalo Skyway and Rt 5 south through Lackawanna and Hamburg, along Lake Erie for 18 miles. Right after passing Jerusalem Corners Cemetery and the First Church of Evans on your left, turn right onto Sturgeon Point Rd and follow that to the marina.

From Erie/Dunkirk (south): You can follow Rt 5 (Lakeshore Rd.) east to the town of Evans and north of Angola. Turn left onto Sturgeon Point Rd and follow that to the marina.

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Parking: There are several small parking lots around the marina, but a lot of spaces are for trailers. The best place to park for visitors in cars, is to head around the left side and park near the picnic area.

Information / Accessibility / Accommodations

Latest Angola, New York, weather conditions and forecastSeasons/Hours: Open from May through October; daylight hours.

Admission: Free.

Best time to visit: Summer.

Time: About 30 minutes to walk around.

Handicap accessibility: Some of the paths are. A few parking spots are available. You can go a little bit out onto the pier. The snack bar and picnic areas are accessible.

Pets: Not allowed.

Swimming: No lifeguard. The water here is nothing you would want to swim in.

Boat launch: Yes. A concrete ramp with 2 lanes.

Accommodations: Restroom; beach (no swimming); fully-equipped marina with 217 slips; snack bar with hot dogs and ice cream; picnic area; scenic views; boat launch; shop with ice and bait; nature trail.

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Description

The town of Evans runs this full-service marina at Sturgeon Point, 8 miles north of Angola. The marina and boat launch are complemented by beautiful scenery, a pedestrian pier, picnic areas, and a nearby nature trail. There is a sandy beach along the west side of the property, but when we visited in summer of 2013, it was littered with junk and the water was choked with algae, and reeked of sewage. It’s because of the horrible water quality at the point, we really can’t recommend a visit to the beach here, but if you are in the area, you can stop by for a hot dog or some ice cream and walk the pier out into the lake for a nice photo opportunity. If you are looking for a nice clean beach with swimming, head further south for Wendt Beach Park or Bennett Beach Park.

Sturgeon Point Marina - Lake Erie

Hiking / Walking Trails

Note
To the north is an undeveloped wooded area that the town recently acquired and at the time of our visit they were constructing a Nature Trail and shelters. We will cover this trail in our description and map in the future.  

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: A few hundred feet along the pier.

Markings: None.

Description: From the parking area, head down to the pier. That’s all there is to this place.

Map: Check out our interactive map.

Sturgeon Point Marina Interactive Map

Drag the map or click the arrows to move around and use the +/- to zoom in or out. Click on the icons for more information. This map is not accurate. Caution and common sense should be used when hiking.

View Sturgeon Point Marina in a larger map

History

Emblem Bicycles - Sturgeon Point historyThe marina is built on the estate of George N. Pierce and family, who ran the successful bicycle business: Emblem Bicycle, in nearby Angola in the late 1800s. They built a resort-style Adirondack-style summer home at the point in 1894. Years later, the family sold the house and it operated as a private inn and tavern called the Sturgeon Point Lodge. It passed through several owners and eventually was bought by the town and used for storage. It burned down in 1982.

Interesting Stuff

New York State Route 5

Beginning at the Pennsylvania state line in the town of Ripley, State Route 5 spans 370 miles west to east across New York, passing through Buffalo, Syracuse, Utica, and Schenectady, ending up in Albany. Along the way it overlaps with State Route 20, leading to the common name of both routes as simply “5 & 20.” Several small towns and cities, as well as countless curiosities, eateries, and historic sites can be experienced along its path.

Sturgeon Point Nature Trail

In 2010, the county transferred ownership of 52 acres of undeveloped lakefront property, north of the marina, to the town of Evans. This wooded area has always been an unofficial place to hike, and in 2013 the town began carving out a wider trail and covering it with mulch. A parking area and gazebo have also been added.

Across the Lake

Swimmers and paddlers that want a short run across Lake Erie, usually start at Sturgeon Point and head north to Point Abino, Canada for a total of 10 miles.

Photography Tips

Sunsets

  • Sunsets happen well to the west. The best vantage point is from the beach on the west.

Boats

  • If your thing is photographing boats, we found the end of the pier to be a great spot to see a lot of traffic. 

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