Sandy Island Beach State Park

Sandy Island Beach State Park

Quick Facts

Sandy Island Beach State Park

New York

(315) 387-2657

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Things To Do

Overview

Sandy Island Beach State Park is part of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland System, a 17 mile stretch which extends from the Town of Richland, Oswego County, north along Lake Ontario to Jefferson County. The Dunes were formed by wind and wave motion of a giant inland sea that preceded Lake Ontario. The area is the only significant freshwater dune site in the northeastern United States. The Eastern Lake Ontario Dune system offers many opportunities for hikers, birdwatchers, canoeists and kayakers. Walkovers and viewing platforms have been built to protect the fragile dune environment.

Map of Sandy Island Beach (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.630898, -76.194107

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Activities

  • Boating

    Kayaks and canoes are welcome in the park and can be launched from the beach.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted along the shore or from non-motorized watercraft like canoes and kayaks.

  • Hiking

    Visitors are welcomes to enjoy the walkovers and viewing platforms that have been built to protect the fragile dune environment. American beachgrass grows on the dunes, so please be mindful and stay on the walkways in order to protect the dunes from increased erosion.

  • Picnicking

    Accessible picnic tables and lake views make the picnic areas of Sandy Island Beach State Park a popular place for visitors in the summer months. Public restrooms are also available.

  • Water Sports

    The park's facilities include several lake swimming areas with lifeguards (in season), changing rooms, and restrooms. Swimming open daily mid-June through Labor Day.

Seasonality/Weather

For information about local area weather, please visit: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/13142.

Directions

Driving

Syracuse: I-81 North to Exit 37 (Sandy Creek), West on County Route 15 through Sandy Creek, 8 miles to the park entrance. 1000 Islands Region: I-81 South to Exit 37 (Sandy Creek), West on County Route 22A, .2 miles US Route 11, .1 mile South to County Route 15, 8 miles to the park entrance. Buffalo and Rochester: Thruway (I-90) East to Exit 41, Seneca Falls, Route 414 North to Route 104 East, Route 3 North to park entrance. New York and Albany: Thruway (I-90) West to Exit 34A, Route 481 North to I-81 North to Exit 37 (Sandy Creek), West on County Route 15 through Sandy Creek, 8 mile to park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(315) 387-2657

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