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Fort Niagara State Park

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Route 18F
Youngstown, NY 14174
Latitude 43.263283
Longitude -79.053886

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. 

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.

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.
  • Swimming/Slide/Wading Pools, 2019 Season:
    6/15 - 6/16: 11:15am - 6:45pm
    6/22 - 9/2: 11:15am - 6:45pm
  • Boat Launch: Open year round. Sunrise to sunset.
  • Old Fort Niagara
    Jan - June: 9 am - 5 pm.
    July - August: 9 am - 7 pm.
    September - December: 9 am - 5 pm. Closed for decorating before holidays.

    Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing.

  • Nature Center Hours: 
    July - Sept. Thursday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Nature Center: 7/4-9/1, Thur-Sun, 12pm-5pm
  • Picnic Shelter: Seasonal use available. Reservations taken beginning 1st business day after January 1.
  • Sledding: Seasonal usage available. Minors under 10 years of age must be under the supervision and control of a parent, guardian or responsible custodian.
  • 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
  • $12 Adult
    $8 Children (6-12 yrs)
    Children under 6 Free

    Senior, Passport, AAA

    Group Rate (More than 12 people)
    $10 Adult
    $7 Child
    Please call Old Fort Niagara at 716-745-7611 for more information.

    Toll Booths: 6/16 & 6/17, 6/23 - 9/3 10am - 6pm

    Last admission 30 min. prior to closing.
  • Picnic Shelter
  • $40, $50 or $75.

    Reservations taken beginning first business day after January 1st.
  • Soccer Fields
  • Fees charged for exclusive use only. Vehicle Use Fee charged during summer season.
  • Swimming/Slide/Wading Pool
  • $3 for adults (age 13 and up)
    $1.50 Children 6-12
    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.
Fri 13 Dec
Wish Upon a Shooting Star
Friday, December 13, 2019 09:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 745-7273

Winter stargazing during the biggest meteor show of the year: The Geminids. On a cool, crisp night, catch a glimpse of this wonder, and gaze at the stars above. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 02:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 745-7273

Join us a tour of the Officer’s Club to view the stunning murals and museum displays, followed by a walk to view the War of 1812 Cemetery, the lighthouse, and Old Fort Niagara from the parking lot. (The Fort is Closed on New Year’s Day.)  This easy hike is less than a mile and starts at 2pm. Preregistration is required.
Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Educational Services * Seasonal nature center.
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Swimming Pool
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Recreation Programs
  • Sledding
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing