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Hamlin Beach State Park, Hamlin

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Hamlin Beach State Park is a 1287acre state park located on the shore of Lake Ontario in the Town of Hamlin in Monroe County, New York, United States. The Lake Ontario State Parkway passes through the park.HistoryHamlin Beach first became a park in 1929, after Monroe County purchased a total of 597acre for $169,373. The park, initially known as Northwest Beach Park, consisted of the former Charles Wolf property and surrounding farmland. The park's name was changed to Hamlin Beach Park in 1930.While under county ownership, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp was constructed at the park, and workers lodged at the camp labored to improve the park's facilities between 1935 and 1941. During World War II, the site was used as a Prisoner of War camp, housing German POWs between 1944 and 1946. The camp served as a labor hub, providing workers to local farms and food processing plants in the Hamlin area. The camp was dismantled when the war was over.The site was transferred to New York State's ownership in 1938, and was renamed Hamlin Beach State Park. After World War II, the Lake Ontario State Parkway was extended through the park, increasing accessibility. The parking lot was expanded to handle the increase in visitors, and the campgrounds were built.Evidence of the Civilian Conservation Corps' park improvements can be seen, including stone-work on headwalls, barriers and pavilions. Their work on the park was responsible for six buildings and the reclamation of swampland on the eastern end.
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  • the partially shaded lot was nice. not many people there when we went. it was nice and quiet. the bathroom was not very clean. it was nice to get away that has a beach, and peace and quiet. the camp s...  more »
  • Beautiful park with nice walkways for walking along Lake Ontario. You can also camp here. Camping is not available all year and is seasonal but you can enter the park any day for walking, biking, or p...  more »
  • We camped here the last weekend it was open in the fall. It has long stretches of beach, individual sites sectioned off with bushes. Some sites are very open, some a little more private. All seem to h...  more »