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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; 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
  • Usage fee $17
    The usage fee is charged to any boat that is hooked to one of the moonng lines; it is not simply an overnight fee. Boaters that refuse to pay the fee will be asked to unhook from the mooring line. Additionally, when mutitple boats hook to a single moonng line they will be asked to seperate as we can only accomodate one boat per moonng line.

    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.

Fri 22 Mar
Ceatures of the Night Hike
Friday, March 22, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a twilight hike and search for some of the wildlife that becomes active after park guests leave for the day. Walk will be approximately 2 miles. This program is most appropriate for adults, but older children and teens are welcome with adult supervision. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp!
Sat 23 Mar
Super Hunters
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist to explore the amazing predators we have here in the park. What predator can find its prey under several feet of snow? Which one can strike lightning fast to grab a fish from the pond? Which one can hunt its prey in tunnels? Explore teeth, claws, brains, eyesight, and all the other adaptations that make an animal a "super hunter". All ages and abilities welcome!
Mon 25 Mar
Little Exploerers- Owls
Monday, March 25, 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! Come for stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! This week's theme will be owls!

 

This program is most appropriate for ages 0-5 but all ages are welcome.

Thu 28 Mar
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, March 28, 2019 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! Check in with the Park Naturalist for this month's book selection. Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book!
Sat 30 Mar
Nature BINGO
Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist for a special scavenger hunt on the trails around the Nature Center! Will you get BINGO first and win a prize? All ages and abilities welcome!

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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