Point Au Roches State Park, Plattsburgh

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PARK HISTORY

Home to Native Americans for centuries, the 840-acre parkland was first visited by Europeans in the early 1600s. The first permanent residence in the area was built by Benjamin Mooers, in 1783.

Prior to its purchase by New York State in 1974 the area served a variety of purposes. From the 1800s into the twentieth century its use was primarily agricultural. Then, during World War I, “Junior Plattsburgh” was established at the site to provide an ROTC type experience for young men.

Later, the land use became recreational, with Camp Theodore Roosevelt, followed by Camps Red Wing & Red Cloud, enabling young people to learn about nature and develop lifelong skills. The camps originally encompassed Long Point and Middle Point, while the beaches became Beekmantown’s St Armand’s Beach.

In an earlier period a Club/Resort also stood near the Park’s shoreline, and, in the late ’50s a commercial theme park, Fantasy Kingdom, opened on present-day Park grounds, entertaining many families.

Visitors walking through the Park can still see several of the earlier buildings and old foundations.
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  • August 9, 2017
    One of my favorite spots in our area. Great place to spend the day or even if you're short on time and just want to get a little walk in.  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    What a lovely spot. We went to the park for a picnic. There are many picnic tables and benches. The it's also a very clean bathhouse. Lots of parking. The beach was closed to swimming but we knew this...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    The park was clean with the exception of the geese poop. That's wildlife for you! The swimming area, with the most attentive lifeguards, was shallow for our youngest swimmers, while the adults enjoyed...  more »
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  • March 24, 2017
    Our favorite place in the North Country! The beach is clean and manned by guards until 7. The playground is big and has shredded tire ground cover. Great hiking trails, fishing, and swimming. Pet friendly! The only thing I don't like is still paying for beach access when they guards aren't on duty. *Carry in/carry out park! No garbage cans*
  • March 21, 2017
    This is an exceptional park that borders Lake Champlain. Trails meander over soft grass, dirt, and gravel - through tall cedars or everygreens and pastures. You can go deep into the woods or simply grace the edge of the Lake. The views are extraordinary year round.
  • May 1, 2017
    Great park with hiking trails, beach, boat launch, playground and fishing. Bring your dogs for a walk and enjoy the views.
  • May 29, 2017
    It's family orientated, you can have parties there, you can go to the beach, walk the trails, just love it here.
  • July 2, 2017
    always so much fun . beautiful views and nice clean trails.

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