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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.

Pavilion Information
Point Au Roche has two pavilions. The day use price is $75 and can accommodate up to 50 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com.

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

  • 2020 Swimming Season: 6/20 - 9/7, 11 am - 7 pm
  • Moorings: TBD
  • Boat Launch, open year round, dawn to dusk, daily.

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

  • Vehicle Entry Fee
  • Toll Booth Hours:

    6/6-6/19
    10AM-7PM, weekends only ($6)

    6/20-9/7
    10AM-7PM (Beach $7, Non-Beach $6)

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


Maps

Digital Maps

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

Sat 23 Jan
Winter Nature BINGO
Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

Join a park naturalist for a special scavenger hunt on the trails around the Nature Center! Will you get BINGO first and win a prize? All ages and abilities welcome!

Face mask required.

Registration: Optional
Sun 24 Jan
Guided Hike
Sunday, January 24, 2021 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist to explore the nature trails and look for animal and plant life in the diverse habitats of the park. Length of walk will be 2-3 miles on easy trails. All ages welcome!

Participants are advised to bring water. Face mask required.

Registration: Optional
Thu 28 Jan
Nature Book Club
Thursday, January 28, 2021 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! Come join in the discussion even if you haven't read the book! This program meets indoors and is very limited in size. Please e-mail kristin.collins@parks.ny.gov or call 518-563-6444 to reserve a spot and find out this month's book selection!

This program is aimed at adults.

Registration: Required
Fri 29 Jan
Nature Book Club (VIRTUAL)
Friday, January 29, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Sticking close to home these days? We're offering an opportunity to join this month's Book Club discussion virtually! Please email kristin.collins@parks.ny.gov or call 518-563-6444 to find out this month's book selection and receive a link to participate.

This program is aimed at adults.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Jan
Science of Snow
Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-6444

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!

Face mask required.

Registration: Optional

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach