Hamlin Beach State Park, Hamlin
Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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, USA. 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.Add Hamlin Beach State Park and other attractions to your Hamlin trip itinerary using our Hamlin itinerary planner.
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Went camping there with family and every time we turn around we encountered more rules, especially around the swim areas. I'm fine with rules as long as they are consistent. Two lifeguards watched us ... read more »
Hamlin Beach State Park is a wonderful area with miles and miles of hiking trails and bicycle paths. The path crosses through five major areas, numbered creatively as one-through-five, each with its o... read more »
Stayed one night at this park and it was wonderful. We were a "walk-in" and there were plenty of spots available. The sites were clean and a wonderful mixture of woods and clearing. The lake, of cours... read more »
Relative to other state beaches, this seems like a good one. Scenic, lots of sand, clean water. But I am capped at three stars here because of the small roped-off swimming area, the tiny fraction of the park's shoreline where swimming is permitted. An adult can't really swim in it as the water is about waist high. I asked the lifeguard for permission to swim farther out but was denied - it's a state law he said, his hands were tied. Such a shame that unless you own property along the lake, you are basically out of luck for enjoying a swim. Thank you, nanny state.
I absolutely love this beach. I've only had one issue and it is the other day I went there and the beach had not been worked. It was like laying on concrete. Other than that, it is clean and beautiful. There are plenty of places to have events that will leave you with lasting pleasant memories. I love that when you go swimming the water isn't full of sea weed which I hate. So, if you're looking for a beautiful place to visit, swim, grill out, play beach volleyball, or just chill. ...this is the place.
Clean park, with a nice layout. Nice camping area, too. Could use another bathroom in each loop of the camping area. Heavy police presence. Do not speed (25 MPH) in the one way loops, and make sure you have your seatbelt fastened while traveling the dangerous trip from the campground to the swimming area (yeah, you got me. I didn't buckle up for the 500 yards from the camp office to the swimming area). Seems the State police stumbled into a gold mine inside of the park on a "parkway". $140 citation...Don't think we will be returning after that one...
I loved it. Going back this week. Camping is awesome here. Soooo happy. Clean bathrooms. Parks. Trails. Swimming. Tons of fun
Spent a lot of time in this park as a young child and youth. The waterfront is beautiful however it has become a burocratic nitmare the way both the park and campground are run. One of the highest costing campgrounds around and does not even include full amenities on your site. The staff are rude and treat you like you just entered a detention center. Park does not accept credit card and dings you for an additional $7 for a second car on an already expensive site. Once you do enter the park itself they have a speed trap and check point after the first bend to catch people for registration, inspection, seatbelts and child restraint/seats. All this before the first parking lot for the beach. The camp registration office seems to be an issue as well. I was the third person and second vehicle for my site. They were not going to give me my pass because my name wasn't on their paperwork and asked me to call the other people on site to confirm ??? I was part of a large group with many sites and over 60 people giving them buissness. Found out this happened to a couple other people in our group as well. They also gave our group grief about a site we booked and payed for just to meet together, said if there was no one staying actually on the site over nite it would be considered a no show. I was told by someone staying on the adjacent site that at midnight the ranger actually came on the site and inspected it by flashlight. Seriously NYS this is how your conducting buissness? I was not the only one in the group who had an issue of some sort. By the way this is a church group with families that has been making this trip for many years. I personally will not be back in the park again until after 6 pm when it free. Last $ I give Hamlin Beach State Park was today. Some of the rumbling in the group suggests we may consider a different venue going forward.
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