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Overview

Soutwick Beach State Park is a popular summer destination located on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario in the state of New York. This park is known for its long stretch of sandy beach, which is ideal for swimming and picnicking, as well as its campsites and day-use areas. The park is a part of the larger Lake Ontario dune and wetland area, which offers a beautiful setting for wildlife observation and outdoor recreation.

Camping Information

Campsites:

  • Soutwick Beach State Park offers a variety of campsites, including both tent and RV spots.
  • Some sites offer electric hookups.
  • Reservations can be made through the New York State Parks reservation system, and it is advisable to book well in advance, especially for peak summer weekends.

Amenities:

  • Flush toilets and shower facilities are provided for campers.
  • Picnic tables and grills are available at each campsite.
  • A dump station is available for RVs.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Check-in and check-out times must be strictly followed.
  • Noise levels should be kept to a minimum, especially during quiet hours.
  • Campfires are allowed in designated areas and must be attended at all times.
  • Pets are typically allowed but must be kept on a leash and never left unattended.
  • It is essential to maintain the cleanliness of the campsite and properly dispose of garbage.

Activities

Beach:

  • The sandy beach is ideal for sunbathing, beach games, and swimming.
  • Lifeguards are usually on duty during specific hours in the swimming season.

Boating & Fishing:

  • Anglers can enjoy fishing in Lake Ontario with appropriate licensing.
  • Boating is also a popular activity, with boat launches available nearby.

Trails:

  • The park has several trails for hiking and observing nature.
  • The trails provide access to the unique dune and wetland ecosystems found within the park.

Wildlife Watching:

  • Bird watching is a common activity due to the diverse avian population in the ecosystem.
  • Wildlife enthusiasts might also spot other animals native to this habitat.

Access and Contact Information

Location:

  • Soutwick Beach State Park is accessible by car and is located near the towns of Henderson and Ellisburg, NY.
  • The park's address and the GPS coordinates can be found on the New York State Parks website.

Contact Details:

  • For reservations and information, the New York State Parks website has a dedicated page for Soutwick Beach State Park.
  • Park staff can be contacted for specific rules, regulations, and seasonal information.

Additional Tips

  • Weather: Be sure to check the local weather forecast before your trip and prepare accordingly.
  • Pest Prevention: Always come prepared with bug repellent, as mosquitoes and other insects can be prevalent in lakeside areas.
  • Safety: Familiarize yourself with water safety rules, as Lake Ontario can have varying conditions.
  • Seasonal Operations: The park is open year-round, but some facilities may be limited or closed during off-peak seasons.
  • Local Attractions: Visitors might also enjoy exploring other nearby attractions along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

When planning a camping trip to Soutwick Beach State Park, it's important to review the most current information from the New York State Parks website or contact the park directly for any updates or changes that may have occurred.

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