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Point Au Roche State Park

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Address
19 Camp Red Cloud Road
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Latitude 44.785732
Longitude -73.382385

Point Au Roche State Park, on the northwestern shore of Lake Champlain, is a mixture of open and forested areas, most of them natural and undeveloped. The park's large day-use area has a protected, sandy beach and picnic facilities. Boating and fishing are popular activities, as are volleyball, softball and other games. The park offers 60 designated mooring sites in Deep Bay. The Nature Center offers a variety of programs; and, is available to the public all year. The park's trails, including nature, hiking and biking trails, wind through interesting habitats, from forest to marsh to shoreline. The trails are in use all year for school programs, nature hikes and cross-country skiing. The park also provides access for ice fishing.

 

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

 

Must have proof of current rabies vaccination - certificate inoculation or dated collar tag. Household pets only, caged or on a leash, not more than 6 feet. Not permitted in picnic or bathing areas.

Hours of Operation

  • Park & Trails open year-round.

    Nature Center programs year-round; available by permit.

  • 2018 Swimming Season: 6/23 - 9/3, 11 am - 7 pm
  • Boat Launch, open year round, dawn to dusk, daily.
  • Moorings: Mother Day Weekend - Columbus Day

    Mooring Collection: (5pm-9pm); Special circumstances (7am-9am)
  • Shelter rentals (2) available by permit.

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.

  • Moorings
  • Usage fee $17

    Surcharges
    Weekend/Hol $4
    Out-of-State $5

  • Nature Center Reservation Fee
  • $75
  • Shelter Reservation Fee
  • $60
  • Vehicle Entry Fee
  • Day Use (w/ Lifeguards) $7
    After 4 PM $5
    Day Use (w/o Lifeguards) $6
    After 4 PM $4

    Bus Use (Daily)
    Commercial $75
    Non Profit $35

    Toll Booth Hours:
    5/19 - 9/3: 6:00am - 8:00pm

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Sat 18 Aug
Owls!
Saturday, August 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Wildlife rehabilitator Donna Fletcher will talk about the owls that can be found in this area, and introduce us to Freddy! All ages and abilities welcome! For more information please call 518-563-0369.
Sat 25 Aug
Busy Beavers
Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

The Friends of Point Au Roche will host an exploration of beavers! Learn about a beaver's huge impact on its environment and take a short walk to look for beaver evidence in the park. Meet at the Nature Center. All ages and abilities welcome!

Thu 30 Aug
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, August 30, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Meet at the Nature Center and join in for the next meeting of the Nature Book Club! This month we will be discussing What the Robin Knows by Jon Young. The author shows how observing "deep bird language" can connect us to our environment and give us clues about what's happening around us. Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book!

Fri 31 Aug
Campfire Program - Legends of the Lake
Friday, August 31, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join in for an old-fashioned campfire program! Sing some songs, play some games, roast some s'mores, and learn a little too! A park naturalist will be on hand to tell stories of Champ, the legendary creature many have spotted in Lake Champlain. All ages and abilities welcome! For more information please call 518-563-0369.

Please note: This event will be canceled in the event of heavy rain or lightning.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Powerboats
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing