Fair Haven Beach State Park, Fair Haven

#24 of 46 in Nature in Finger Lakes
Must see · Water Body · State Park
Fair Haven Beach State Park is a 1141acre state park on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario in upstate New York. It is located on the east side of Little Sodus Bay in the town of Sterling in Cayuga County, northeast of the village of Fair Haven. The southern part of the park is sometimes called Fair Haven State Park.
The park covers shoreline bluffs, sandy beaches and adjoining hilly woodlands. Inland, the park includes Sterling Pond and Sterling Creek.
The park offers of sand beach including of guarded swim area on Lake Ontario, in addition to five picnic areas with picnic tables and pavilions, a playground and ball field, a campground with tent and trailer sites, a boat launch and marina, and an 18-hole golf course. Amenities include a camp store, a concession stand, and boat rentals with row boats, paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks available for use only on the Sterling Pond waterway. Activities at the park include recreation programs, hiking, waterfowl hunting in season, fishing and ice-fishing, sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Fishing and boating opportunities are available in Lake Ontario and the adjoining Little Sodus Bay.
Three campgrounds and a cabin colony each contain a centralized restroom with showers. The cabin colony contains 30 units, including six full-service cabins and nine winterized cabins. A total of 46 electric and 138 non-electric camp sites are available.
The camp was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s and later by German POWs during its days as the Prison Camp at Fair Haven.
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  • We went in November. People. But not too crowded. Multiple beach areas. Camping. Playground. So.e bathrooms were closed. Btw, if you go when it is warm enough to swim, you can definitely find...  more »
  • Too cold for swimming when we were there. Great place to see Lake Ontario. Also to see colorful fall foliage or go for a walk or hike.  more »
  • Was attending an even near by, and decided to take a few extra hours to go swimming. So glad we did! Clear, calm water. Beautiful quiet and clean beach. It was exactly what I needed. Now that I know where it is and the set up we will definitely set aside an entire day next year to spend there and pack a picnic lunch!
  • I try to make this trek several times annually. And have since the late 90s. Beautiful clean beaches. Excellent walk on the pier. They have a very nice playground for the young kids. Newly remodeled faculties for beach goers and campers. On site first aid. Downtown Fair Haven is a nice little town to hang out and shop during the summer season.

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