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Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island

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Beaver Island State Park is a New York state park located on Grand Island in northwestern Erie County, New York in the United States. It is situated at the southern end of the island on the bank of the Niagara River and served by the Beaver Island Parkway, a 2.72mi highway linking the park to Interstate 190 (I-190).Included within the park is the Beaver Island State Park Golf Course, a USGA-recognized championship 18-hole, par-72 public golf course.HistoryThe present-day Beaver Island State Park opened in 1935 and is comprised of several historic Grand Island estates of Buffalo's elite that were donated to New York State for all Western New Yorkers to enjoy. These grand estates included: The Falconwood Club - resort started by Lewis Allen and later owned by George E. MatthewsRiver Lawn - summer home and estate of Elbridge G. Spaulding, Franklin Sidway, and later Frank St. John SidwayRiver Lea - summer home of Lewis F. Allen, the uncle of US President Grover Cleveland, is located within the park.In 2015, it was announced that a new $2 million pro shop with a bar and restaurant and a large, outdoor seating area was coming to Beaver Island Golf Course. It will replace the one destroyed by fire in 2012.
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  • We visited October 22, 2016 which clearly is off season. It was perfect to just walk around and enjoy the scenery and the duck hunters. Although I almost soiled my pants on the first blast from a near...  more »
  • After labor day the park is free.... Fall is a great time to come enjoy nature, the water, and beauty. 
  • So we moved to the Buffalo area from downstate where long island and NJ beaches were accessible. Thought " well that's the end of summer beach days". to our surprise we discovered Beaver Island state ...  more »
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  • Nice park! Swimming, waking, biking, picnicking, whatever you like. The water isn't the cleanest but at least it's not pollution, just lots of seaweed/algae. There's playgrounds and swing sets too.
  • Used to love this beach. Great family place. Glad to see the cleanliness improving. Last 2 times I have visited with children there have been several topless woman running in and around the beach and boardwalk and men taking pictures while they pose for multiple photo shoots. I feel like there is adult film making taking place. Families should not have to be exposed to this. Apparently it's in the Beaver Island handbook that's it's okay to be topless. Maybe so but not in that manner. Several families felt uncomfortable and left. Life guards advised thr families to move down the beach. We just moved back to our cars. No thanks!
  • This is our favorite hiking place. Lots of different trails thru the woods and the beach! Magnus loves it here.
  • One of the best parks I have ever been to! Frisbee golf and crystal clear water! Wow!
  • We went there for a wedding, the food was inedible. The strip steak was cooked to the point of hamburger and the potatoes and chicken was cold and shriveled. And we were served first. The bar was closed an hour earlier than it was supposed to and despite the 90 degree weather, an outdoor dance floor and a cleared banquet room water was no where to be found. So disappointed in a beautiful venue.

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