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Fort Niagara State Park

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Route 18F
Youngstown, NY 14174
Latitude 43.263283
Longitude -79.053886
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Fort Niagara State Park has two boat launches providing access to the Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario, woodland hiking trails, swimming pools, water slide, a view of Lake Ontario, picnic grounds, playgrounds, water fowl hunting, 18 soccer fields. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski, snowshoe, and sled. The park is adjacent to Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site. 

Old Fort Niagara offers living-history programs year round, plus a museum and original 18th-century buildings. It is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, a not-for-profit organization, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site. Admission to the site is available through its Visitor Center.

Be sure to visit the Fort Niagara's Nature Center, located adjacent to the swimming pool. 

Outdoor education programs are available upon request. "A Walker's Guide to the Natural History of Fort Niagara State Park" is available.

Pavilion Information
Fort Niagara has four pavilions. Prices range from $50 to $75 and can accommodate 50 to 60 people. Check availability at

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in 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.
  • Nature Center Hours: 
    July 7/4 - Sept. 9/1 Thursday - Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Swimming/Slide/Wading Pools, 2021 Season:
    6/26/2021 - 9/6/2021
    11:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.* last entry is at 5:30

    $3 flat fee, ages 6 and up

    No food or drink in pool area other than water or a sports beverage
    There will be a reduced capacity.

  • Boat Launch: Open year round. Sunrise to sunset.
  • Old Fort Niagara
    Jan - June: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    July - August: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    September - December: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing.

  • Soccer Fields: April - October.
    Reservations taken beginning 1st business day after January 1st.
  • Water fowl hunting is permitted in 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.

  • Boat Launch
  • $8
    *Collected via automated pay kiosk
  • Old Fort Niagara
  • For admission rates to Old Fort Niagara please visit, or call (716) 745-7611.

    Toll Booths: 6/26 - 9/6 10am - 6pm

    Last admission 30 min. prior to closing.

  • Soccer Fields
  • Fees charged for exclusive use only. Vehicle Use Fee charged during summer season.
  • Swimming/Slide/Wading Pool
  • $3 per person
    Children 5 and under Free
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $8 per vehicle *pool additional
    Non-Profit Buses $35
    Commercial Buses $75

Duck Blind Permit
2017-18 Duck Blind Drawings

Waterfowl hunting at Ft. Niagara, Joseph Davis, Wilson Tuscarora, and Golden Hill is by permit only during DEC & federal regulated seasons. Permits for all four parks are issued at a weekly Thursday evening draw at Ft. Niagara. Permitees are required to have a NYS hunting license, Federal HIP number, waterfowl identification certification, and a dog or boat for retrieval. Rules and restrictions from permit as follows:

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.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Nature Center
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Sledding
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Pool