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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  • August 11, 2017
    Great place for cookouts and family gatherings. Lots of area to move around. Can't crowded on hot days.  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    This is one of the most beautiful beaches I have been to. Nature at its best. A combination of majestic woods, manicured grounds and view of Lake Ontario that can't be rivaled. If you love nature you ...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    We stopped at the beach on a whim and sure glad we did. The kids stretched their legs, found a few skipping rocks and generally had a great time playing on and around the beach. Plenty of walking trai...  more »

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