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Lakeside State Park

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Route 18
Waterport, NY 14571
Latitude 43.364658
Longitude -78.234718

Lakeside State Park offers an outstanding panoramic view of Lake Ontario and surrounding farms and fruit orchards. No swimming is allowed, but 274 campsites, four miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing along the lake front, picnic grounds, a disc golf course and playing fields bring thousands to the park. Winter activities include hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Lakeside State Park Shore Winds Disc Golf Course encompasses 2, 18-hole, disc golf courses dubbed Wind Rush Alley and The Beast. These well-designed courses are both challenging while providing one of the most scenic views of any disc golf course in the United States.

Musical Performance, Tent, Caterer and Alcohol Permits

Tent and Trailer Camping 2024: Information and Rules.

Pavilion Information
Lakeside State Park has one pavilion. Price is $100 and can accommodate up to 96 people. Check availability at
Reservation Fee: $7.25

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are allowed in campsites within loops D,E, F & G only. 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

  • Daily hours are from dawn to dusk.
  • 2024 Camping Season: 5/17 - 10/14.
  • Camp Office Hours:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
    Sundays of holiday weekends: 10am - 8pm
    Thursdays - Saturdays: 10am - 8pm
    Hours subject to change

  • Shelters: Available 5/11 - 10/14, 9 am - 7 pm daily
    Full day rentals only
  • Waterfowl hunting is permitted in season by permit only. Permits issued directly from the Park Office.

  • Disc Golf is available year-round

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.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $6
    ALL Buses $35

    5/11 - 6/16: 10 am - 6 pm, weekends & holidays
    6/22 - 9/2: 10 am - 6 pm, daily
    9/7 - 10/14: 10 am - 6 pm, weekends & holidays
  • Camping
  • 2024 Camping Season: 5/17 – 10/14

    Currently open for reservations only. No Walk-Ins. Same day reservations can be made with Reserve America only before 3pm. Only two vehicles allowed per campsite. New reservations are currently being accepted for camping.

    30AMP site: $27.00/night

    50AMP site: $29.00/night

    *Out of state resident fee for camping, per night: $5.00

  • Pet Camping Information
  • A maximum of 2 pets allowed in "D", "E", "F", & "G" loops ONLY. Rabies certificates must be shown upon check-in for all registered campers and their guests and be available upon request. Pets must be on a leash (max. 6ft length) at all times. Pets are NOT allowed in Loops "A", "B", & "C", any restrooms, or buildings.

Highlights of Lakeside State Park:

  • Johnson Creek runs through the southwestern corner of the park and is home to various aquatic and semi-aquatic macro-invertebrates and amphibians, such as crayfish, mayfly larvae, and Spotted Salamanders. If you decide to look for any of these species, take care to cautiously turn over rocks and place them as you found them so as not to disturb any creatures underneath.
  • The shrubland habitat in the western portion of the park is an excellent place for birding especially during the fall and spring migratory periods.
  • Wetlands along Siren Creek provide habitat for interesting native flowers such as Cardinal Flower and Lizards-tail.What will you see? Plan your visit today!

What will you see? Plan your visit today!

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Everyone is a Steward: Be a Lakeside State Park Hero!

  • Know the rules and concerns for the area you'll be visiting.
  • Use a map and compass instead of flagging, rock cairns, or marking paint.
  • Hike and camp on established, durable trails and campsites.
  • Leave all natural objects as you find them.
  • Be careful with your fire.
  • Respect wildlife and observe from a distance.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: What can you tell me about the shoreline of Lake Ontario?

A: The shoreline provides a rich, active habitat for fish and wildlife, helps filter storm water runoff before it enters the water, and provides structural integrity to the water's edge. Shoreline erosion is a natural process caused by a number of factors such as storms, wave action, ice, wind, runoff, and loss of vegetation.

Q: What types of fish could I catch when fishing in Lake Ontario?

A: When fishing in Lake Ontario, you could catch lake trout, lake whitefish, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, Coho salmon, burbot, Chinook salmon, brown trout, rainbow trout, walleye, Atlantic salmon, alewife, of rainbow smelt.

Q: How far is it from one side of the lake to the other side?

A: Lake Ontario at its widest is 53 miles wide - from Lakeside State Park to the other side is less than that.

Did You Know?

- DID YOU KNOW? The Lake Ontario State Parkway was originally opened as a route linking Hamlin Beach State Park to NY 261 in the early 1950s. In the 1970s, the section between Lakeside and Hamlin Beach State Parks was completed. The Parkway now begins in Rochester suburbs and ends at Lakeside State Park.

- DID YOU KNOW? In Huron language, "Ontario" means "Lake of Shining Waters."

- DID YOU KNOW? Lake Ontario is the only Great Lake that does not share a shoreline with the state of Michigan.


Due to a construction project actively occurring in a portion of the designated waterfowl hunting zone at Lakeside State Park, the Park will be closed to Waterfowl hunting until further notice

Waterfowl Hunting Only (During established seasonal periods)

Hunting area on map is located along the shoreline west of the picnic area. This is along the shoreline only shooting over Lake Ontario. Vehicles must park in picnic parking lot only, not on park service roads. Must have current and proper hunting license. No permanent or temporary blinds allowed. Permit Required.

Sat 17 Aug
CENTENNIAL: Block Party at the Lake
Saturday, August 17, 2024 02:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lakeside State Park
Events taking place throughout the park. Call (585) 682-4888 for more information (events concluding at 10:00 pm).
Sun 25 Aug
Mysterious Mammal Meander
Sunday, August 25, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lakeside State Park
There is more than meets the eye and many misconceptions about mammals. Discover secrets about these fantastic furbearers on a guided walk through the woods. Meet at Day-use side picnic shelter.

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Did You Know? In Huron language, “Ontario” means “Lake of Shining Waters.”

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging * Campsites only
  • Disc Golf * Year-round
  • Fishing
  • Food
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing