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Alert: State Park Facilities on Lake Ontario and in the Thousand Islands:  

High water is impacting State Park facilities on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. All parks are open, but access to boat launches and other facilities near the water may be restricted. Check the web page of the park you intend to visit for updates. For more information on the storm impacts to state boat launches, please visit: Lake Ontario Storm Information.

Come hike through the Allegheny Plateau, boat across Chautauqua Lake or camp along Lake Erie. This region has everything for the outdoor enthusiast.

Comprising 65,000 acres, Allegany State Park is the largest of New York's state parks. Amidst forest, mountains, meadows, amazing rock formations, three lakes and numerous streams and ponds this park offers year round adventure. With campsites and cabins, including winterized cottages and cabins, Allegany is a true camper's paradise. The park's two developed areas, Red House and Quaker, have sandy beaches and hiking, nature programs, mountain biking and equestrian trails that double as cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in winter.

Midway State Park, right on Lake Chautauqua is one of the oldest continually operating amusement parks in the nation. With the renovated 1928 round house encasing the 1946 Allen Herschell carousel, this family-friendly park offers midway games, children's rides, go karts and picnic shelters. Also located right on the lake, Long Point State Park has a marina and is a popular spot for muskellunge fishing.

Spectacular sunsets await you at Lake Erie State Park, take your pick from campsites and cabins situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie. Don't forget your binoculars, since this park is a natural resting place for migrating birds.