Lake Erie Beach Park
Location: On the east end of Lake Erie; off of Rt 5; west of the Village of Angola; Town of Evans; Erie County; New York.
- Entrance on Kennedy Ave: N 42.62509 / W 79.09418
- Bridge over Muddy Creek: N 42.62462 / W 79.09501
Directions: From Buffalo (north): Take the Buffalo Skyway (Rt 5) south through Lackawana and along Lake Erie for 22 miles. Just past Angola, you will come upon the hamlet of Lake Erie Beach. Turn right onto Kennedy Road. Follow it to the lake and park.
From Erie/Dunkirk (south): You can follow Rt 5 (Lakeshore Rd) north just past Evangola State Park. Turn left onto Kennedy Road. Follow it to the lake and park.
Use Google Maps.
Parking: Drive past the restaurant lots to where the road ends at the beach. Park in the lot on the left (south) side. An alternate lot, which can handle about 5 cars, is located to the south on Lake Shore Road, just on the other side of the creek (across from Point Breeze Drive).
Information / Accessibility / Accommodations
Seasons/Hours: The park is open to the public year-round from 8am-10pm.
Best time to visit: Summer.
Time: One can stop and see the lake within a few minutes. We recommend coming for a late dinner at one of the surrounding eateries and staying at the beach to catch the sunset.
Handicap accessibility: Somewhat. While the sandy beach is not easily accessible, there are benches near the paved parking area and a paved trail that traverses the small park.
Pets: Dogs are not allowed in this park.
Swimming: A beautiful sandy beach offers guarded swimming from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend when water conditions allow. Call (716) 549-0970 for specifics.
Boat launch: Hand launch of kayaks and canoes is possible, but you would have to carry the craft quite a distance to the lake. There is no large trailer launch at this park. Use the boat launch to the north at Sturgeon Point Marina.
Accommodations: Swimming beach; restrooms (summer); playground; pavilion; picnic areas; several adjacent eateries.
This small, but beautiful sandy beach just southwest of the village of Angola is a wonderful place to stop with the family to enjoy the sun and local food. Surrounded by several local eateries, what this fraction of an acre park lacks in size, it makes up for in atmosphere. There was no lack of visitors when we visited on a late summer weekend afternoon. The adjacent bar and grill was packed, and people were carrying over heaping slices of pizza from the nearby pizzeria. Kids were laughing and playing on the playground, while others enjoyed splashing around in Lake Erie. And yet, with so many people in the park, it was peaceful to sit along the stones near the picnic area and watch a pair of windsurfers sail back and forth along the lake.
If you are in the area, this is definitely a great place to take in a late dinner, then head out on the beach to catch the sunset over Lake Erie.
We don’t know much about the history of the land. The land was originally farmed by Ambrose & Ephraim Cash in the late 1880s.
Hiking / Walking Trails
Distance: A walk around the park is no more than a quarter-mile.
Description: There’s not much to this park. You can walk around the park and cross the creek. There’s not much more to it.
Map: Check out our interactive map.
Lake Erie Beach Park Interactive Map
Fish on Muddy Creek or from the platform on the west side of the park.
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.
July 4th Fireworks
Every year the town hosts a beautiful Independence Day fireworks show at the park. The event attracts thousands. Get here early, very early, to get parking, and a nice viewing spot.