Southwick Beach State Park, Henderson

#182 of 296 in Nature in New York State
Southwick Beach State Park is a New York State park that lies along an unusual stretch of sandy beach on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. The park is 464acre in size with a 3500foot length of beach, and is visited annually by about 100,000 people. Immediately to the south is the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area (3461acre), which extends the publicly accessible beach by several miles. They are in the Town of Ellisburg in Jefferson County, New York south of the lakeside community of Jefferson Park.The park offers an extensive campground with tent and trailer sites, picnic facilities, playing fields and a playground. In summer, the swimming area has lifeguards and the park store is open. In winter, snowmobiles are permitted in the park. The park has an accessible nature trail. There are hiking trails from the park that extend into the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area. Lakeview itself has several access points for launching boats, as well as a second nature trail along South Sandy Creek. The hiking trails and boat routes are described at several websites, and in guidebooks by William P. Ehling and by Susan Peterson Gateley.The park and wildlife management area lie within a rare, freshwater coastal barrier environment that consists of beaches, sand dunes, embayments and marshes. The wildlife management area is also the Lakeview Marsh and Barrier Beach National Natural Landmark, which was cited in 1973 as, "One of the best and most extensive marshlands that lie in protected bays and behind barrier beaches along eastern Lake Ontario." Southwick Beach State Park and Lakeview Wildlife Management Area are included within the New York State Natural Heritage Area entitled "Eastern Lake Ontario Barrier Beach and Wetland Complex"; Lakeview is incorporated in the Eastern Lake Ontario Marshes Bird Conservation Area. Using our world travel planner, Henderson attractions like Southwick Beach State Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Camped in a 35” motorhome. We are self-contained so cannot comment on restrooms/shower facilities. Camped in site #10 – on a sand dune. Pros- - We pulled the motorhome into the site and had an...  more »
  • The campground is wonderful with spacious sites, mature trees, picnic tables and fire rings. Restrooms were clean. The only thing that stopped me from giving the campground a 5 is the lack of electricity at the beach sites and the distance of the electric sites from the lake with no lake views from our loop. The staff was wonderful. The beach on Lake Ontario was a quick drive. They are doing extensive rebuilding with s new playground and beach facilities (shower rooms, store and other amenities—the building is huge.). My cell got two-three bars.
  • We always have a wonderful time at this beach! The tide was up pretty high when we went this year so it was a little hard to find a good spot to put our towels down, but the water was great. I was disappointed to see more trash on the beach and floating in the water this year, but that's a community issue and not because of the park itself.

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