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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 2018 Information and Rules

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


Current Water Quality - Beach Results


Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Proof of rabies inoculation. Animals are Not allowed in bathing areas.  For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • Daily hours are from 6 am to 10 pm
  • 2018 Swimming Beach

    The swimming beach is open 6/16 – 6/17, 6/23-9/3
    11am - 7pm

  • 2018 Camping Season: 5/19 - 10/15

    Spring & Fall 
    8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri – Sat 
    8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sun – Thurs

    Peak Season - 8a.m. – 9 p.m. Daily

    Hours Subject to change.

    - No camping registration after 9pm.
    - Visiting hours for camping are from 9am-9pm.

  • Shelters: Available for reservation from May 12 to October 28 from 9am - 10pm. Various Fees.

    Shelter Reservations can be made starting the second Monday in January for each calendar year. 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
  • When beach is open - $7
    When beach is closed - $6

    Non-Profit Buses - $35
    Commerical Buses - $75

    5/12 - 6/22: 9 am - 6 pm on weekends & holidays
    6/23 - 9/3: 9 am - 6 pm, daily
    9/8 - 10/14: 9 am - 6 pm on weekends & holidays
  • Camping
  • Loop C, D are open 5/18 - 9/4
    Loop B  is open 5/18 – 9/4, 10/4-10/8
    Loop A, E, F are open 5/24 – 9/4, 10/4-10/8

    30 AMP Sites are $24.00 per night
    50 AMP sites are $26.00 per night
    NOTE: An additional $4/night Friday, Saturday and Holiday. $5.00/night surcharge for Out of State Residents

    For reservations call 1-800-456-2267 or

  • 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

    Extra Vehicle Fee: Each campsite is permitted one vehicle with free entry. Second vehicles must pay user fee once for the duration of the stay. All additional vehicles must pay upon each entry.

    No camping registration after 9pm. Visiting hours for camping are from 8am-9pm.

  • Shelter 1
  • $80-$110/day
  • Shelter 2
  • $50/day
  • Shelter 3
  • $100/day
  • Shelter 4
  • $65/day
  • Shelters 5
  • $100/day
  • Wood permits
  • $25/load

    Wood permits only sold before 5/18 and after 9/3


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.
  • Howden Pond provides good fishing opportunities for black bass and bluegill as well as habitat for frogs, fish, beavers and herons.
  • 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.
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Hike 1 (10:00am, 3 miles): Devil's Nose Hike: Join us for a quick paced hike to the new Devil's Nose trail for the first time! We will enjoy lake views while learning some of the history of Hamlin Beach State Park.

Hike 2 (1:30pm, 1.5 miles): Yanty Marsh Hike: Join us on this family-friendly walk as we explore the frozen Yanty Marsh looking for signs of winter critters.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Camper Recreation
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations
  • Food
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Scenic Views
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs
  • Snowmobiling
  • X-Country Skiing