Lakeside Beach State Park

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Location: In the Town of Carlton; near Waterport; Orleans County; New York

Maps: Google MapTopoBing Map; InteractivePark MapCamping Map

GPS: Entrance: N 43.36687 / W 78.23581
Day visitor parking area: N 43.36719 / W 78.24341

Directions: About 30 miles west of Rochester and 10 miles north of Albion. The Lake Ontario State Parkway ends at this west-most exit. Rt 18, the Roosevelt Highway, has an exit at the park.

Or use Google Directions.

Parking: spaces for dozens of cars in the two lots, one near the pavilions on the west side of the park, and one lot in the east camping area.

Information / Accessibility / Accommodations

Latest Waterport, New York, weather conditions and forecastSeasons/Hours: Year round. Campgrounds are open from late April to late October.

Best time to visit: Year round.

Admission: $6 parking fee.

Handicap accessibility: yes.

Pets: yes, on leash, with proof of inoculation.

Swimming: no swimming allowed.

Accommodations: Restrooms; picnic areas; drinking fountains; fishing; beach access; no swimming; grills; nature trails; playground; pavilions; 274 electrical camping sites with showers; laundromat; showers; dumping station; convenience store.

Camping: Book a campsite at this park

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Description

This lakeside park is easily overlooked by visitors attracted to the sandy beach and accessible swimming at the nearby Hamlin Beach State Park. Although this 743 acre lakefront park offers an excellent panoramic view of Lake Ontario and 274 campsites (some with beautiful lake views), it lacks a public swimming area. This shortfall is obvious on hot summer days when Lakeside Beach is near-empty while there are packed crowds at Hamlin’s shores.

The park does offer numerous fishing and picnic opportunities as well as 4 miles of hiking and biking trails. For some, the absence of a crowded beach makes this park a quiet, peaceful getaway from nearby Hamlin. One could also camp here if the Hamlin campsites are all booked.

In winter this park is popular for snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

Lakeside Beach State Park

Hiking / Walking Trails

Difficulty: Easy.

Markings: Little to no markings.

Distance: About 5 miles.

Description: The hiking trails are generally partial loops and with no steep grades. There are two trails in the camping area that wind in and out of the campsites, and a single trail on the western end of the park by the pavilion. The trails weave in and out of wooded areas and two of them offer excellent views of the lake.

Map: None.

Lakeside Beach State Park 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.

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History

This park simply started out as farmland, orchards, and lakeside cottages. With the popularity of nearby Hamlin State Park growing, the state began buying land in 1962 and established a park in 1968. In the campground area you can still see evidence of the land’s past in the form of concrete foundations from old cottages.

Interesting Stuff

Hamlin Beach State Park

All Lakeside Beach State Park has and more. Has an excellent sandy beach and shaded lakeside picnic area.

Photography Tips

Wooded trails

  • The wooded bluff near the pavilions on the west side of the park is great for a hike, and is frequented by wildlife. Get there early morning for birds, and just before dusk to see rabbits.

Storms

  • The vast, unobstructed view of the lake from the small bluff just west of the lighthouse is perfect for catching storms passing over Lake Ontario.

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