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Hamlin Beach State Park

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Swimming Beach opens June 22 to September 2; 11:00 am to 6:45pm; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

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 2019 Information and Rules

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


Current Water Quality - Beach Results


Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites 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).

Hours of Operation

  • Daily hours are from 6 am to 10 pm
  • 2019 Swimming Beach

    The swimming beach is open 6/22-9/2
    11 am to 6:45pm Daily *subject to change due to water conditions

  • 2019 Camping Season: 5/17 - 10/14

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

    Peak Season - 9 a.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 11 to October 29 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

    5/18 - 6/26: 9 am - 6 pm on weekends & holidays
    6/22 - 9/3: 9 am - 6 pm, daily
    9/7 - 10/20: 9 am - 6 pm on weekends & holidays
  • Camping
  • Loop A and B are open 5/23 – 10/20
    Loop C is open 5/17 - 9/3, 10/11-10/14
    Loop D is open 5/17-10/20
    Loop E and F are open 5/23 – 9/3, 10/11-10/14

    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.
  • 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
Yanty Marsh Walk
Saturday, July 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Join us for a walk down the Yanty Creek Nature Trail as we look and listen for local critters in and around the marsh. We will visit the boardwalk that walks us right out into the cattails for a good view. Meet at Yanty Creek Nature Trail parking area.

Sat 27 Jul
Animal Signs
Saturday, July 27, 2019 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Stop by our table at the Area 3 bathhouse to discover signs of Hamlin Beach State Park's animals. Check out animal chews, footprints, bones, and fur to find out who lives here and what they are up to!

Sat 27 Jul
We Fly by Night
Saturday, July 27, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Hamlin Beach State Park is an important area for birds because of its diversity of habitats including marsh, pinewoods and lake shoreline. But what are these birds up to at night? Come find out as we walk from the Camper Recreation Building to the park's Administration Building to observe Purple Martins and look for owls on the way back! Meet at the Camper Recreation Building.

Sat 10 Aug
I Fish NY
Saturday, August 10, 2019 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Join us as we learn about common fish in Lake Ontario and practice your fishing skills with our lawn fishing! Meet at Yanty Marsh Shelter.

Sat 10 Aug
Lunch and Learn: Our Great Lakes
Saturday, August 10, 2019 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Bring your lunch to the Area 5 Shelter for a talk on the history of the Great Lakes. Hear stories of shipwrecks and other tales from the lake as we take a short walk on the Devil's Nose Trail after lunch.

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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