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Point Au Roche State Park

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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

    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


Digital Maps

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Thu 13 Dec
Documentary and Discussion - The Private Life of Deer
Thursday, December 13, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join us for the first installment of our NEW Documentary and Discussion evening program series. View and discuss a different nature-themed documentary each moth. Meet other nature0lovers and learn a little something too! This month's documentary gives an in-depth look at the behavior of a very common but secretive animal: the White-tailed deer.
Sat 15 Dec
Play the Bird Beak Game
Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist to find out how birds find food and how to tell what they eat from their beak shapes. This is no boring lecture, it's a game! Learn by doing as we become birds and forage for food in the Nature Center. All ages and abilities welcome!
Mon 17 Dec
Little Explorers - Winter Birds
Monday, December 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for our nature0themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! Come for stories, songs, and art projects from 10 - 10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week we will explore the birds that stick around during the winter, and make a bird feeder to take home!
Fri 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Walk
Friday, December 21, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Celebrate the transition from the shortest day to the longest night of the year. Join a park naturalist to explore the nature trails, then come back to the Nature Center for refreshments by the fireplace! Length of walk will be approximately 1.5 miles on easy trails. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp!
Sat 22 Dec
Winter Birds Walk and Feeder Craft
Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a guided nature walk as we search for some of the birds that stick around during the winter, then come back to the Nature Center to make a bird feeder to attract some to your yard! All ages welcome! Walk will be from 10-11am (approximately 1 mile) on easy trails. Crafts will be available after 11am. Come for the walk, the craft, or both!

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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