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Golden Hill State Park

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9691 Lower Lake Road
Barker, NY 14012
Latitude 43.366032
Longitude -78.473106

Golden Hill State Park was acquired by New York State in 1962. The Thirty Mile Lighthouse, decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1958, is part of the park and is available for rental year-round. This landmark has a rich history which can be enjoyed by visitors of the park, through the Friends of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse originally provided keepers and assistant keepers family quarters. Golden Hill State Park offers camping, fishing, boating, shoreline hiking, picnicking, nature walks and walking tours of the lighthouse site. Summer events at the park are numerous. Winter activities are also available, including snowshoeing and five miles of snowmobile trails that run through the park.

At the Lighthouse Cottage, renters are provided with a private picnic area with a barbecue grill and picnic table. This vacation rental offers a private entrance, kitchen with refrigerator, electric stove, microwave, coffee maker, cooking utensils, silverware and dishes, living room with electric fireplace, couch, two chairs and a writing desk, full bath with an old fashioned bathtub, three bedrooms with queen size beds and pillows and a view of Lake Ontario that is stunning. Please bring your own linens and bath towels.

Check out the 30 Mile Point Lighthouse like you have never seen it before!

Pavilion Information
Golden Hill has two pavilions. The day use price is $50 and can accommodate 60 to 70 people. Check availability at

New! Yurts are now available for reservations
Yurts are wood lattice framed structures with heavy duty re-enforced fabric sides and insulated liners. They have windows, a domed roof and wood floors. State Park yurts include six cots and mattresses as well as a refrigerator and a microwave. Visit Reserve America to book your stay.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round.
  • 2021 Camping Season: 5/14 - 10/8; Lighthouse Cottage (sleeps 6) available year round - 2 night minimum.
    Reservation can be made by calling Reserve America at 1-800-456-2267

    No tent rental available.

    Campsite Office: (716) 795-3885
  • Historic 30 Mile Point Lighthouse: May 14 - October 10
    Tour the lighthouse & climb the tower, weather permitting, then stroll over to the visitor's center and enjoy the maritime displays featured here.

    Lighthouse tours are closed for the season and will re-open May 14, 2021
  • Boat Launch: 5/14 - 10/10, conditions permitting.
    Automated paystation, 24 hours/daily
  • Picnic shelter available from April to mid-October by permit 
  • Waterfowl Hunting and Small Game Hunting: TBD, refer to DEC guidelines.
  • Hunting for small game and waterfowl are permitted during season.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Camping
  • Campsites:

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

    $83.75 per day / $335 weekly (NYS Residents)
    $90.00 per day / $360 weekly (Non-NYS Residents)
  • Lighthouse
  • Non-Peak: $200/night-$800/week.
    Peak season: $200/night-$1250/week.
  • Lighthouse Guided Tours
  • $1 Adult
    $.50 Children
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $6
    Non-Profit Buses $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    Fees Collected: 5/14-10/10
    8am - 9pm
  • Boat Launch
  • $6/launch
    *Collected via automated pay kiosk


Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Duck Blind Permit

Hunting by permit only for pheasant, waterfowl and small game. Hunters should contact the park office for additional information. As always, DEC rules and regulations apply.

Fort Niagara, Wilson-Tuscarora, Joseph Davis, and Golden Hill State Parks

  • All Federal and State regulations apply.
  • A dog or boat is required for retrieving.
  • Only one person per hunting group is allowed to draw at any time.
  • All spent shell casings and any litter must be removed at the end of the hunt.
  • The permittee is responsible for listing all of the blind occupants on the permit; substitutions are not allowed.
  • All hunters must have a NYS hunting license, HIP number, and Federal "Duck" stamp.
  • The permittee must have successfully completed a satisfactory Waterfowl Identification course.
  • All blinds must be set up within fifty (50) feet of the blind number.
  • The intent of this Permit is to allow shooting over water only, not over land.
Sat 01 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 1, 2021 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Golden Hill State Park

Start time for all projects: 9am End time for all projects: 11:30am

Meeting Location for all projects: 9am meeting in front of the lighthouse for Trail Clean-up projects. Special Instructions: Volunteers can enter through the campground area - and proceed to the Lighthouse. Please follow the speed limits posted to ensure the safety of volunteers and staff. Parking is available nearby meeting area.

Volunteer Project #1: TLC for the shores: Along the shoreline, there will be a lot of garbage and debris to pick up and put into bags. Old tires will have washed ashore and will be stacked in an area to be picked up by park staff. It's a dirty job, and not recommended for children under 13 years old. Ages: Ages 13+ Please bring: Rubberized, waterproof gloves. Boots.

Volunteer Project #2: Birdhouse painting for younger volunteers. Somerset Conservation Club has generously donated wooden bird houses to paint. This will encourage wildlife to nest nearby and help to keep healthy birds in the park. Location: Inside the Carriage Barn- near Lighthouse Ages: All ages welcome Please bring: Wear older clothes in case of paint spills

Additional Information: Due to COVID restrictions: Please plan to bring your own water and snacks. We are unable to provide those things to our volunteers this year. Dress appropriately for the weather & plan for muddy trails.


Registration: Required
Thu 24 Jun
A Walk Under the Strawberry Moon
Thursday, June 24, 2021 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Golden Hill State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join us for a walk at Golden Hill State Park, located along the shore of Lake Ontario. We will enjoy the sunset and welcome the Strawberry Moon! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required

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While You're Here Extend your stay with the park’s fun lodging options: Sleep in a beautiful lighthouse or in a yurt!

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging
  • Disc Golf * Will open in late summer
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing