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Hamlin Beach State Park

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1 Hamlin Beach Blvd. West
Hamlin, NY 14464
Latitude 43.355236
Longitude -77.946754

Hamlin Beach State Park's clear water, sandy beaches and 264 tent and trailer campsites bring thousands of visitors to the park each year. The Yanty Creek Marsh area at the east end of the park has a mile long self-guided trail. In addition, there are 6 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as snowmobile and cross-country skiing. Visitors can launch car-top boats, fish for salmon and trout and enjoy the picnic facilities.

Hamlin Beach Tent and Trailer Campsite 2024 Information and Rules.

Read more about the CCC-Camp Restoration Project and Self-Guided Tour.

Pavilion Information
Hamlin Beach has five pavilions. Prices range from $50 to $100 and can accommodate 96 to 200 people. Check availability and make reservations at or 1-800-456-2267

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites (must have the current rabies certificate) 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). NO pets allowed in the D, E and F Loops (sites 138-264).

Hours of Operation

  • 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 

    Camper check in: 3pm
    Camper check out: 11am


    Check-in starts at 3pm until 8pm: Sunday to Saturday

  • Daily hours are from dawn to dusk.

    Vehicle Entrance Fees Collected: 9am to 5pm; weekends and holidays from the middle of May until June 18, Daily from June 18 through Labor Day, weekends and holidays After Labor day until Columbus Day
  • 2024 Swimming Beach Hours 

    Swimming is only allowed when lifeguards are on duty at the guarded beach area. The tentative swimming beach schedule is mid-June to Labor Day. Subject to change.

  • Shelters: We will be accepting new reservations 11 months in advance of reservation date. Reservations can be made on or by calling 1-800-456-2267. Our shelters are only available to rent from the middle of May to Columbus Day. For information, call 585-964-2462.

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
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee - $9

    Buses - $35

    Vehicle Entrance Fees Collected: 9am to 5pm; weekends and holidays from the middle of May until June 18, Daily from June 18 through Labor Day, weekends and holidays After Labor day until Columbus Day.
  • 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. As of 2024, camper registration is at the camping office instead of the main visitor center.
  • Camping Information
  • PETS: 2 Pets ONLY allowed in "A" "B" and "C" LOOPS ONLY. They must be on a leash (max. 6ft. long) and have a current rabies certificate. Pets are not allowed in the restrooms, buildings, on the beach or past "C" Loop.


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

Highlights of Hamlin Beach State Park:

  • Yanty Marsh is a great lakeshore wetland that provides habitat for various marsh-nesting birds, amphibians and turtles. The observation platforms is a great place for wildlife watching. For a closer look, paddle into the marsh from one of the boat launches on the lake.
  • Another Wetland area which hosts a number of turtle species that can regularly be seen basking, as well as carp and nesting birds.
  • This landscape feature is a tree-covered bluff located on a truncated drumlin - a landform composed primarily of glacial till. The above-water section used to be larger, but rising lake levels and erosion have drastically reduced the size and made the steep cliffs unstable.
  • Hamlin Beach State Park has been recognized as a premier spot for observing migrating waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds and was named an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Bring your binoculars and see what you can spot!

What will you see? Plan your trip today!

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Everyone is a Steward: Be a Hamlin Beach State Park Hero!

  • Know the rules and concerns for the area you'll be visiting.
  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Respect other visitors and their experience. Avoid excessive noise.
  • Share the trail. Keep to the right except to pass. When in doubt, give the other user the right of way. Warn people when you are planning to pass.
  • Respect wildlife and observe from a distance.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Avoid using trails when they are excessively muddy.
  • Don't litter.
  • Hike and camp on established, durable trails and campsites.
  • Be careful with your fire.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

When you enter or leave Lake Ontario:

  • Clean and remove all visible plants, animals, fish and mud from your boat, trailer and other equipment and dispose of it in a suitable trash container or on dry land.
  • Drain water from bilge, live wells, ballast tanks and any other locations with water before leaving the launch. Disinfect when possible.
  • Dry your boat, trailer and all equipment completely. At least 5 days of drying time is recommended. Drying times vary depending on weather and material.

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: Are there any rare species in Hamlin Beach State Park?

A: Hamlin Beach State Park holds a rare erosional bluff ecological community, which is one of only three in New York State. Erosional bluffs are the sandy, sparsely vegetated slopes facing Lake Ontario on the west end of the park. They support populations of beach grass, seaside goldenrod, and bayberry. In addition, Hamlin Beach State Park is a migration route for rare bird species like the least bittern. It is important to observe these species from a respectful distance in order to not further diminish their numbers.

Q: What kinds of birds can I see in Yanty Marsh?

A: Yanty Marsh supports many diverse bird species. Some of these include red-breasted merganser, least bittern, great blue heron, green heron, mute swan, killdeer, and spotted sandpiper.

Q: Can I climb on the bluffs?

A: Climbing on the erosional slope/bluff community leads to quicker erosion of the bluffs, trampling of the native vegetation, and may provide a means for the introduction of non-native plant species. Illegal climbing on the bluff endangers the ecological community as well as individual safety.



  • Bluebirds, which were near extinction in the first half of the 20th century, have rebounded since the 1960s. They are abundant in the park.
Sat 27 Jul
Postcard to a Tree
Saturday, July 27, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
You can leave the park but trees can't. Address a postcard to share your Hamlin experience with your favorite tree in the park. Postcards provided. Meet at picnic shelter 3 in area 3.
Sat 03 Aug
LEARNING MOHAWK: A Language Lesson
Saturday, August 3, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
The Mohawk language and the natural world are one. Deepen your understanding of both on this eye-opening experience led by Eli Carr. All are welcome and no prior experience is required. Meet at picnic shelter 3 in area 3.
Sat 10 Aug
Wetland Wander with Hamlin Hiking Club
Saturday, August 10, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hamlin Beach State Park
Wetlands are watershed's kidneys. Explore this interesting ecosystem alongside fellow enthusiasts. All are welcome to attend this free program. Please pre-register at Meet at Yanty Marsh parking area.
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Aug
Hiking Safety 101
Saturday, August 10, 2024 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
Learn how to hike safely with the Hamlin Hiking Club. Please pre-register at Meet at campground recreation hall.
Registration: Required
Sat 10 Aug
Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing
Saturday, August 10, 2024 09:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
Participants should bring a lawn chair or blanket. Meet at picnic shelter 3 in area 3.

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging
  • Fishing
  • Food
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach