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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

 

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

    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.

Sat 25 Jan
Science of Snow
Saturday, January 25, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
We all know that snow is that beautiful white stuff that falls from the sky this time of year. But how does it form? What are the different types? (Did you even know there were different types?) Come find out everything you never knew you wanted to know about snow AND try some snow science experiments too! We'll use some easy kitchen chemistry to play with the properties of ice, make our own snowstorm, and more! All ages and abilities welcome!
Sun 26 Jan
Introduction to Hiking Series
Sunday, January 26, 2020 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park

Would you love to start hiking but don't know how to start? Are you intimidated by trying to decide where to go, what to bring, or what to expect? Would you like to meet other hikers at the same experience level as you? Join the Park Naturalist and special guests for a series of programs aimed at the beginning hiker. Each week will cover a different topic such as basic packing and gear, outdoor and hiking safety, basic map and compass, increasing your nature observation skills, and more! Each week we'll have a short lesson and then head out for a hike together. Come for one session or for them all!. All ages welcome

Mon 27 Jan
Little Exploerers- Winter Trees
Monday, January 27, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park

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! What happened to all the leaves? Why are some trees still green? Come explore this week's theme of winter trees to find out!

Thu 30 Jan
Nature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, January 30, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Meet at the Nature Center and join in for the next meeting of the Nature Book Club! This month we will be reading Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. This best-selling book discusses how today's children are disconnected from nature, the problems this causes, and what we can do to fix it! Come join in the discussion of this very important topic-even if you haven't read the book!

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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