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Location and Overview

Buffalo Harbor State Park is a relatively new addition to the New York State Park system, located in the city of Buffalo, New York, on the shore of Lake Erie. The park provides visitors with various recreational activities including picnicking, fishing, and hiking trails. The park's proximity to the water makes it a popular spot for boating and water sports as well.

Camping Details

As Buffalo Harbor State Park is an urban day-use park, camping is not permitted within the park itself. Visitors looking to camp can explore other nearby state parks or private campgrounds. While Buffalo Harbor State Park does not offer overnight accommodation, it still serves as a great day destination for family outings, fishing, or enjoying the waterfront view.

Amenities and Facilities

  • Playgrounds: There are play areas for children to enjoy.
  • Picnic Areas: The park provides picnic facilities where visitors can gather and enjoy meals.
  • Boat Launches: There are boat launching sites for those looking to enjoy Lake Erie's waters.
  • Biking Paths: Biking enthusiasts can take advantage of the trails along the water's edge.
  • Fishing: The park is a popular spot for fishermen, with opportunities for catching various species of fish that populate Lake Erie.


  • Boating: With Buffalo's location on Lake Erie, it's an ideal spot for boating.
  • Fishing: Lake Erie is known for its excellent fishing, especially for walleye and bass.
  • Walking and Biking: The park has walkways and paths perfect for enjoying the scenic views on foot or by bike.
  • Wildlife Watching: Birdwatchers and nature lovers can observe a variety of local birds and wildlife.
  • Winter Sports: During the winter months, some parts of the park can be used for cross-country skiing and ice-fishing, weather permitting.

Things to Note

  • Seasonality: The park has different operating hours and available facilities depending on the season. Check the current status before planning your visit.
  • No Overnight Stays: Remember that overnight stays are not an option at this park.
  • Weather Conditions: Given its location by Lake Erie, weather conditions can change quickly. It's wise to check the forecast before heading out.
  • Fishing License: If you plan on fishing, ensure you have a valid New York State fishing license.

Nearby Camping Options

For those intent on camping, nearby alternatives like Evangola State Park or Lake Erie State Park, which offer camping facilities, may be considered. It's recommended to check availability and reserve spots in advance, especially during peak season.

Contact Information

Before visiting Buffalo Harbor State Park, it's a good idea to check with the New York State Parks website or contact the park's administration office for the most current information on hours of operation, available amenities, and any special advisories.

  • Website: New York State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
  • Contact: You can get more information by contacting the NYS Parks department or visiting the official website for Buffalo Harbor State Park.
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