1 Camp Rd.
Hamlin, NY 14464
Named in 2005 as one of Reserve America's Top Outdoor Locations
Hamlin Beach State Park is located in the Town of Hamlin approximately 30 mi./48 km. west of downtown Rochester on both sides of the Lake Ontario State Parkway. It is in the western part of Monroe County and on the western edge of the Finger Lakes region.
Lake Ontario State Parkway
The parkway runs parallel to the shore of Lake Ontario and, in some cases, right along the water. It crosses over part of Braddock Bay. The parkway is two lanes in each direction divided by a grassy median. Once you leave Rochester, there are no houses or businesses anywhere along the parkway. The drive is flat and scenic with views changing from trees to water to wetlands to grass. Despite the fact that the parkway is a highway, no commercial trucks are permitted on the road but bicycles are. Vehicle traffic is relatively light and local. The paved shoulder varies from 3 ft./1 m. wide to 5 ft./1.5 m. wide. It is an excellent road on which to bicycle and is enjoyed by many motorcyclists.
The park has almost 1,300 acres with nearly 2 mi./3.2 km. of beach. Unfortunately, huge boulders where placed along much of the beach to curb natural beach erosion, covering all of the beach in these areas. Consequently, only short stretches of beach are open for exploring and swimming.
Hamlin Beach State Park is considered an excellent birding spot especially during migration. Because bank swallows nest at Devil's Nose, you should see them especially in Area 5 from spring through late summer. With 1,300 acres of land and 10 mi./16 km. of trail, there are many opportunities to bird and to see interesting birds. This is one of two parks in the region that has red-headed woodpeckers. They are in the woods behind the park office. Check for sedge wrens in the marsh between Areas 3 and 4.
Lake Ontario is well known for its fine boating. However, the park has facilities for only canoes and kayaks, which can be launched from a stony dedicated launch ramp or directly from the beach. There are no docking facilities.
Motorboats and small sailboats need to launch from outside the park at the state-operated Sandy Creek site just a short distance to the east of the park. Because the site launches into the creek and passes through Sandy Harbour into the lake, the site is not appropriate for really large boats. Brochure
The park's campgrounds is divided into six circular areas, each with its own bathroom building. There are a total of 264 tent and trailer campsites (all with electric) but no cottages or cabins. Water is available but not in individual camp sites. The campgrounds area also has a small store, a recreation hall, and a laundry. Most of the sites are wooded and more private than at most campgrounds. Group camping is permitted in its own area. Camping is permitted from early May through mid-October.
Hamlin Beach State Park has a wide range of events from April through October to amuse, inform, and entertain park visitors. Recent events have included a camper cook-off, a movie night, a Civil War reenactment, and a concert.
The park has a tennis court, horse shoe pits, three playgrounds, and nets for volleyball and badminton. It also has space for other games (croquet, soccer, etc.) if you bring your own equipment.
Pets are permitted in designated areas if restrained by a leash no longer than 6 ft./1.8 m. Owners must have a current rabies certificate in order for pets to stay in the campgrounds.
There are five distinct picnic areas, each with its own style. Each area has parking lot, picnic tables, bathrooms, and some have concession stands, playgrounds, and pavilions. Some are more treed than others and some are more flat than others, but all five are along the Lake Ontario shore and offer a view of the lake.
Swimming is permitted only in the area around (picnic) Area 3 where there is a bathhouse. Overflow may extend to Areas 2 and 4, but there is no swimming at Areas 1 and 5.
The park has 10 mi./16 km. of hiking and biking trails, as well as snowmobile and cross-country skiing trails. In addition, the environmental education center in the Yanty Creek Marsh area at the east end of the park has a mile-long, self-guided nature trail.
The park has facilities for large events such as weddings and reunions. Contact the park office for more details.
1,300+ acres, 264 tent and trailer sites ( 264 electric)
Key to Services
C-Boat Launch Sites
J-Empire Passport Accepted
Upadated 6 January 2013