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Hamlin Beach State Park, Hamlin
(3.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • 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 »
  • We checked out all of the "areas" and decided to explore a couple of them further. We walked along Beach #4 because there was nobody else there - and it had the most interesting looking areas for us t...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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 loved it. Going back this week. Camping is awesome here. Soooo happy. Clean bathrooms. Parks. Trails. Swimming. Tons of fun
  • 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...
  • A forever getaway that you can never forget! Lakeside is always cooler. The park itself is a beautiful spot to be anytime of year.