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Point Au Roche State Park

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The bike path, which connects the Nature Center to the Day use area, is currently undergoing reconstruction. We ask our valued patrons to use alternative trails at the park, while work is underway. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. Thank you for your cooperation.

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

 

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

  • Park & Trails open year-round.

    Nature Center programs year-round; phone: 518-563-6444

  • 2019 Swimming Season: 6/22 - 9/2, 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
  • Boaters are asked to hook to any of the available mooring lines; none are reserved. The park staff will approach the patron's boat, by way of a dinghy, to register the boat, answer questions and collect the appropriate mooring fees. This will occur between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Due to special circumstances, this effort will be moved to the following morning, in which case, the collection will take place between 7:00am and 9:00am.

    The mooring fee is charged to any boat hooked to one of the mooring lines. It should not be mistaken for an overnight fee. Any boaters who refuse to pay, will be asked to unhook from the mooring line. When multiple boats are hooked to one single line, the boaters, will be asked to separate.

  • Morring Fees
  • Mooring Usage Fee $17

    Surcharges:
    Weekend/Hol $4 (The weekend fee is charged on Friday and Saturday evenings (or) Saturday and Sunday mornings.)

    Out-of-State $5

  • Shelter Reservation Fee
  • $60
  • Vehicle Entry Fee
  • Day Use $7 (Days when the guarded swimming area is open)
    After 4 PM $5
    Day Use $6 (Days when the guarded swimming area is closed)
    After 4 PM $4

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

    Toll Booth Hours:
    5/17 - 9/2: 6:00am - 8:00pm

Maps

Digital Maps

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

Mon 20 May
Little Exploerers- Frogs!
Monday, May 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for our nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! This week's program is all about frogs. They can do more than just say "ribbit" - come explore our slimy green friends with stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30am, then head out for some outdoor playtime!
Thu 30 May
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, May 30, 2019
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 are reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. This book describes the the author's journey as her family resolves to eat only food bought locally or grown themselves for one whole year. Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book!
Sat 01 Jun
Fabulous Flowers
Saturday, June 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist to examine and dissect some of the huge variety of flower species. Look for similarities and differences between types of flowers and see what parts all flowers have in common. Then learn what flowers can be found in the park on a short walk to search for some! All ages and abilities welcome.
Mon 03 Jun
Little Explorers - Wiggly Worms!
Monday, June 3, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for our nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! This week our theme will be worms! We'll go on a worm hunt and get up close and personal with some of our wiggly garden friends. Come for themed stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30 then stay for some outdoor playtime!
Sat 08 Jun
Map and Compass with Scot Slater
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Have you ever wished you knew how to navigate without a GPS? Join the park naturalist and special guest Scot Slater for an introduction to navigation using a map and compass! This is an essential skill for hiking safety, and it's fun to learn too! This program is most appropriate for older children and adults, but all ages are welcome.

Meet at the Nature Center.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails * Nature Center
  • 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