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Sandy Island Beach State Park, Pulaski

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Sandy Island Beach State Park is a New York State park on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. Its highlight is a 1,500-foot (460 m) natural sandy beach. The park is near the southern end of a notable 17-mile (27 km) length of sandy shoreline, coastal dunes, and wetlands (the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands); a 1959 study noted that "The eastern end of Lake Ontario contains not only the finest beaches on the entire lake but also the finest wildlife habitat."
The park's facilities include several lake swimming areas with lifeguards (in season), changing rooms and restrooms, and a concession stand; a parking fee is charged through the summer season. The park averages about 30,000 recorded visits each season.
Prior to 2011, the park's area totaled 13 acres (5.3 ha). At that time, the adjacent 120-acre (49 ha) Sandy Island Beach Unique Area was a conservation area administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Unique Area incorporated several additional acres of land near the park as well as most of the southern end of North Sandy Pond. In 2011, administration and ownership of both the Sandy Island Beach Unique Area and the nearby Sandy Pond Beach Unique Area were transferred to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to be incorporated into Sandy Island Beach State Park. As of 2014, the park covers a total of 229 acres (93 ha) in the Town of Richland in Oswego County.

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  • We stayed in Altmar for a summer family get together. Had a great time. I am committed to going there during fishing season. The whole area is set up for fishing prep, the actual event, and post... 
    We stayed in Altmar for a summer family get together. Had a great time. I am committed to going there during fishing season. The whole area is set up for fishing prep, the actual event, and post...  more »
  • This beach was extremely rocky. They clearly used the rocks to retain the sand, but the sand was mostly washed away. The beach area was only a couple hundred yards long, but was further shortened by.....  more
    This beach was extremely rocky. They clearly used the rocks to retain the sand, but the sand was mostly washed away. The beach area was only a couple hundred yards long, but was further shortened by.....  more »
  • We drove over to Sandy Island Beach State Park on an afternoon. We forgot to pack swim trunks, but we brought some fast food to eat at the picnic shelters overlooking Lake Ontario with the lake... 
    We drove over to Sandy Island Beach State Park on an afternoon. We forgot to pack swim trunks, but we brought some fast food to eat at the picnic shelters overlooking Lake Ontario with the lake...  more »
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  • love this beach. it has a great view, it is well maintained and clean as well at the restrooms, the sand is soft and the rocks are a nice touch. they had lifeguards on duty while I was there as well as orange buoys and flags for safety measures. the atmosphere is awesome. will be back!
  • Small beach, lots of rocks. Great for peaceful and quiet moments. Has bathroom facilities. You definitely need some padding to lay on the sand. It was a 35 minute drive from Oswego.
  • Beautiful spot to catch the sunset on Lake Ontario. Well maintained beach only recommend wearing water shoes for swimming as the shore is rocky walking out.
  • We're camping in the area and wanted a place to take a short hike. The website implies "hiking along the dune system" & Google maps indicated there is hiking here. This place is more like a municipal park. There's a quarter mile stretch of beach, a grassy picnic area & a small store for snacks & beach supplies...no hiking. The beach is pretty & staffed with lifeguards.
  • The place is pretty clean, you can see clear water, but too cold for me.

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