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Southwick Beach State Park, Henderson

(3.6/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
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 family spent three days there mid week. The park was quiet and beautiful. We met so many friendly people. We saw the Park Rangers frequently, very helpful gentlemen. I really felt safe.The beaches ...  more »
  • The beach is very long, the water is nice and warm, clean (sand, no seaweed). It is possible to bring his dog on the beach if you go to the left end of the camping! However, I would not in a tent along the beach campsite book in there. There is not a lot of tree, or privacy on this site.
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  • This is our go to beach in upstate NY. Only 45 min. from Syracuse. Nice flat sandy beach, great for walking and gaucking. Professional life guards, concession stsnd, bathrooms and changing rooms. Easy...  more »
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  • Beautiful sand beach. Lovely walking trail through the dunes, Free admission in the off-season. Park closes at dusk
  • Stayed for one night, in off-season, while doing a bicycle tour. Great easy-going park with decent places to pop a tent. Not a lot of privacy and more ideal for RVs, but we had a nice time. The bathrooms were very clean! No place to buy firewood while the store is closed, so make sure you grab it on your way there.
  • Lovely, firm sand beach with dune grasses and shade trees. Picnic tables are great to put your gear on but beware seagulls that will snatch food out of your hand...very aggressive. Just don't eat outside. The water is calm and warm and clear. Great playground nearby with showers and a grill.
  • This is my favorite local beach.. It has everything needed for a great family get away day.. great parking concession stand with hot and cold food ice cream and more...
  • Been here a few times. Only beach we'll go to now. Clean picnic areas (excluding the seagulls....nasty). Kids love that they can go way out in the water just hate the build up of seaweed; once they get by that, there all smiles. Sandy with hardly any stones. Sunsets are breath taking. Our next visit, we plan on pitching the tent and staying a few days. Love that you can bring your fur babies here as well. Always so relaxing when we are here. Recommend it to everyone.