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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


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

    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


Digital Maps

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Mon 22 Apr
Little Explorers - Earth Day!
Monday, April 22, 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 falls on Earth Day! We'll celebrate our one and only Earth with stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then head out for some outdoor playtime!

Thu 25 Apr
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, April 25, 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! This month we are reading The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals-and Other Forgotten Skills by Tristan Gootey.This book teaches us (or reminds us!) alt the things we can team from observing our surroundings. Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book!

Mon 29 Apr
Make Your Own Adirondack Pack Basket!
Monday, April 29, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join special guest Scot Slater for a unique opportunity to craft your own Adirondack style pack basket! All participants will take home their own finished basket at the end of the workshop! Workshop cost is $75 (covers all materials)or $90 for a basket with straps. Spaces are very limited, so call 518-563-0369 to reserve your spot today!

Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Start Time: 10am
End Time: 12pm

Volunteer Project #1: Teams of 2-4 volunteers are sought to plant shrubs, containerized saplings and 10-12 foot bare root deciduous trees. A team may sign up to plant a specified number of plants, or individuals may sign up for a team formed on the day. Trees and shrubs will be planted on parking lot medians and surrounding areas of the Day Use (beach) side of the park. Please bring: Garden gloves, water, snack (ALL tools provided)
Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up

Volunteer Project #2: Kids and their parents are invited to join Park Naturalist Kristin Collins and Friends of Point au Roche Volunteers to participate in one of several projects to help beautify our park before the busy summer season. We'll have jobs for even the littlest volunteers! Please bring: Water, snack (all tools provided)
Ages: Appropriate for children 12 and under

Volunteer Project #3: Shrubbery pruning of dead stems at the Day Use (beach) side of the park. 2-4 adults able to coordinate daytime or evening work session. To be scheduled with Friends of Point au Roche volunteer for a date and time approved by park manager.
Ages: Adults 18 and over only

Registration: Required

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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