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Westcott Beach State Park

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Due to high water the marina is closed at Westcott Beach and the beach has limited access for walking. The boat launch is open, however patrons are reminded to please use caution when launching.

Address
Route 3
Henderson, NY 13650
Latitude 43.898666
Longitude -76.122375

Westcott Beach State Park is a popular day-use and camping park on Lake Ontario, with rolling, wooded hills and open, grassy meadows sheltered by Henderson Bay. It offers restful campsites located on a bluff, from which the view is spectacular. A small marina is adjacent to the long, sandy beach to accommodate anglers interested in Lake Ontario's excellent black bass fishing. The park also has a children's playground, picnic areas and hiking trails that do winter duty for cross-country skiing.

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. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • Open from early-May through Columbus Day.
  • 2017 Swimming Season: 6/24 - 9/4
    Main Beach: 11 am - 7 pm (Mon-Thur) / 10 am - 7 pm (Fri-Sun)
    South Beach: 11 am - 6 pm (Fri-Sun)
  • 2017 Camping/Cabin Season: 5/19 - 9/3
  • Boat Dockage (Transient): 5/19 - 9/3
    Chaumont Boat Launch Site: Boat Launch open year round from dawn to dusk daily
  • Shelter Rental: 5/19 - 9/4, by permit
  • Waterfowl hunting is permitted in season.

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 Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Beach
  • Day Use (Peak) $8
    After 4 PM $6

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

  • Boat Dockage
  • Day Use (Peak) $7
    Day Use (NonPeak) $6
    Campers $12
    Overnight $19 (prime)

    Surcharges
    Weekend/Hol $4
    Out-of-State $5

  • Campsite
  • $18-$28/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

  • Shelter Reservations
  • $95
  • Vehicle Entry Fee
  • Day Use (Peak) $8
    After 4 PM $6
    Day Use (NonPeak) $7
    After 4 PM $5

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

    Reservation Fee $50 Per Area. Includes 1 tent.

    Toll Booth Hours:
    Opening - 6/17: 7AM to 3PM
    6/18 - Close: 7AM to 9:30PM

Maps

Digital Maps

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

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Fri 23 Jun
Orienteering
Friday, June 23, 2017 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Westcott Beach State Park
(315) 938-5083

Have fun navigating with a compass while exploring Westcott Beach and learning about nature! Meet at the toll booth.

Fri 23 Jun
Smores and More around the Campfire
Friday, June 23, 2017 09:00 PM
Westcott Beach State Park
(315) 938-5083

Join us at the scenic overlook to watch the sunset and cook smores around a campfire! Other activities may include storytelling, nocturnal animal hunt, sing-alongs, and games. Meet at the scenic overlook along the hill between the park office and the Plateau camping loop.

Fri 30 Jun
Seining
Friday, June 30, 2017 02:00 PM
Westcott Beach State Park
(315) 938-5083

Stop by the beach and try your hand at swinging a net through the water to see what sort of fish you can find! Naturalists will be around to tell you about the creatures that live in Lake Ontario and what you can do to help protect them.

Fri 30 Jun
Smores and More around the Campfire
Friday, June 30, 2017 09:00 PM
Westcott Beach State Park
(315) 938-5083

Join us at the scenic overlook to watch the sunset and cook smores around a campfire! Other activities may include storytelling, nocturnal animal hunt, sing-alongs, and games. Meet at the scenic overlook along the hill between the park office and the Plateau camping loop.

Sat 01 Jul
Insect Hunt
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Westcott Beach State Park
(315) 938-5083

Join us at 10am, 12pm or 2pm to hunt down and learn about a wide array of local insects! We will provide nets and bug holders, as well as a checklist to keep track of how many kinds of bugs you find. Whoever finds the most wins a bug trophy! If interested, meet us outside the park office.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Dockage
  • Dumping Stations
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Group Camping (Accessible)
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Powerboats
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing