Southwick Beach State Park
Southwick Beach State Park is spacious and popular, known for outstanding swimming and sunning on its long sandy beach. Campers and day-users enjoy picnicking, hiking and games on the playing fields. The park is adjacent to the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area, home to the environmentally-sensitive coastal sand dunes. Park nature, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails adjoin the wildlife management area and its trail system, which visitors are encouraged to use. During the winter, snowmobilers are permitted in the park. Deer hunting is allowed south of the park entrance in season. The park opens in early-May and operates through Columbus Day weekend.
The Lakeview Wildlife Management Area has several access points for launching boats.
Southwick Beach State Park offers an extensive campground with several tent and trailer sites, along with a dumping station, accessible comfort stations, playgrounds, picnic facilities and a camper assistance program. Campers can stay active on the hiking trails, run along the beach, or play in the surf.
Fishing is a popular activity in Southwick Beach State Park with boat launching sites available in the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area.
Wooden "walkovers" have been constructed to manage traffic across the dunes between the beach and interior trails and waterways. The restoration has been accompanied by education and outreach programs intended to reduce traffic across the dunes. Some of the hiking trails extend from Southwick Beach State Park into the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area, located in the southern part of the park. The park has an accessible nature trail.
Deer hunting is allowed south of the park entrance in season.
Picnickers will delight in the facilities available to them in Southwick Beach State Park. Visitors will find ample picnic areas with tables, grills, and shelters, as well as playing fields, play grounds, and several hiking trails bordered by interpretive signs with information about the environmentally-sensitive coastal dunes.
Southwick Beach State Park offers its visitors several tent and trailer sites, along with a dumping station, accessible comfort stations, playgrounds, and a camper assistance program. Campers can stay active on the hiking trails, run along the beach, or play in the surf.
Southwick Beach State Park is spacious and popular, known for outstanding swimming and sunning on its long sandy beach. During the summer months, the swimming area is stationed with lifeguards.
During the winter months, cross-country ski and snowshoeing trails are very popular with visitors.
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Located on the Lake Ontario shore, off Route 3, southwest of Watertown.