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Point Au Roche State Park

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Update: July 13: The beach at Point Au Roche State Park is closed. Please contact the park office for more information and additional updates.

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 21 Jul
Pond Exploration
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist to visit the pond near the Nature Center and see what aquatic life, large and small, we can find! Then we'll collect some samples and bring them back to examine more closely under the microscope.

This program will be offered twice:
10am (All Ages)
2pm (Teens)

Thu 26 Jul
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, July 26, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Meet at the Nature Center and join in for the first meeting of the Nature Book Club! This month we will be discussing The Nature Principle, by Richard Louv, and The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams. Both of these books deal with thesame theme of connecting with nature in today's technological world, and the benefits humans get from that connection. You can read both books, one book, or no books and still join in the discussion!

Sat 28 Jul
Forest Forensics
Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Have you ever been in the woods and wondered if unseen animals could be watching your every move? Participants will learn to examine the clues animals leave behind that advertise their presence, even ifthey are rarely Seen! All ages and abilities welcome! This program may include a short walk around theNature Center.

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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