Southwick Beach State Park, Henderson

3.6
#136 of 151 in Nature in New York State
Southwick Beach State Park is a New York State park that lies along an unusual stretch of sandy beach on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. The park is 464acre in size with a 3500foot length of beach, and is visited annually by about 100,000 people. Immediately to the south is the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area (3461acre), which extends the publicly accessible beach by several miles. They are in the Town of Ellisburg in Jefferson County, New York south of the lakeside community of Jefferson Park.The park offers an extensive campground with tent and trailer sites, picnic facilities, playing fields and a playground. In summer, the swimming area has lifeguards and the park store is open. In winter, snowmobiles are permitted in the park. The park has an accessible nature trail. There are hiking trails from the park that extend into the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area. Lakeview itself has several access points for launching boats, as well as a second nature trail along South Sandy Creek. The hiking trails and boat routes are described at several websites, and in guidebooks by William P. Ehling and by Susan Peterson Gateley.The park and wildlife management area lie within a rare, freshwater coastal barrier environment that consists of beaches, sand dunes, embayments and marshes. The wildlife management area is also the Lakeview Marsh and Barrier Beach National Natural Landmark, which was cited in 1973 as, "One of the best and most extensive marshlands that lie in protected bays and behind barrier beaches along eastern Lake Ontario." Southwick Beach State Park and Lakeview Wildlife Management Area are included within the New York State Natural Heritage Area entitled "Eastern Lake Ontario Barrier Beach and Wetland Complex"; Lakeview is incorporated in the Eastern Lake Ontario Marshes Bird Conservation Area.
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  • My favorite beach in New York State! Lake Ontario serenity. Soft sand. Gorgeous views of the lake. Picture perfect. A must see if you are in Jefferson County, NY. You must stop and visit!  more »
  • My family has only visited beaches along the Atlantic Ocean so this was a pleasant change of pace. The beach was very small here but reasonable for the number of people at 4 pm, there were lots of gri...  more »
  • When we entered we saw a huge parking place. We headed to the lake and found people sunbathing. It was not recommended to swim that day. The lake was a bit temperamental. I continued to walk next to t...  more »
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  • I loved this campground. We camped there many years and loved every minute. I would rate it 5.
  • Pretty decent campground with lake front sites and a great little shop/ice cream stand, playground and beach (when is hasn't been washed away).
  • We have camped here every Memorial weekend for the past 10 years. We like the park, but one of the PRA's is a real pain in the rump. Just imagine....sitting at your campfire with friends and family only to discover this PRA is hiding behind a tree at the back of your camper spying on you at 10:30 at night. Then, when his cover is blown he gets so mad he threatens to have you removed by the park police! If we were being unruly or wrongfully blaring radios after quiet hours I could understand, but when you are just talking and laughing, not so much. Again, we like the park, just not this one employee. Otherwise, this would've been a 5-star rating.
  • An affordable opportunity to swim in Lake Ontario. Camping, swimming, grilling options available!
  • So pretty during the off season. I've yet to see it in the summer, but I'm sure it's just as beautiful.

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