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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This park has no regulations on campsites so you can pitch tent in the trees or along the shoreline of Lake Ontario/St.Lawrence River. There are specified locations for trailer or RV camping however and a dumping station for those that need it.

    Campsites have fire pits and picnic tables; water is available at a central location and electric is available on many of the sites. There is a restroom facility for tenters.

    There is no beach but there is a lovely shoreline with panoramic views of the waterway. Fishing from shore or the docks is permitted (with proper license). Boat docks in the area allow for small boats, canoes and kayaks.

    Wildlife trails in the area are used by hikers and nature lovers. We tried birding there but had very little success except for the ducks along the waterfront. The woods are a bit "thin" and there are too many people in the camping area to make birding wortwhile.

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    by davecallahan Written Jul 22, 2007

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    The park has dockage for small motor boats, canoes and kayaks; immediate access at the river shoreline. The coast guard and border patrol do make periodic checks of the area so be sure you have proper safety equipment for your boat and entitlement papers if necessary.

    The currents in the river and the prevailing winds can make man-powered boats a bit difficult on high wind days. It is not unheard of for a novice canoeist to end up a mile down wind (down stream) and unable to fight the wind and current to get back to the docking area. In that case, you just have to put in at the nearest shore relief and tote the canoe back to the dock.

    Power boaters have many nearby islands to peruse and little inlets and coves to discover. Remember that many of the islands are private property and residences and intruders are not always welcome.

    The area is good for shore fishing for pan fish (small bass and perch) and for deep-water power boat fishing (black bass, pike, muskelunge and even walleye). Live bait is normally best and can be purchased at the bait shops near the entrance to the park.

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  • May 26, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Very nice little state park, but their sewage & dump station is broken so you have to go up the road 4 miles to the neighboring Cedar Point Park to dump. If you select a lower site along the water or along the last RV row along the water it's a dead end street & you will have difficulty turning around a large trailer so select your site wisely. The staff is nice and helpful; the showers could use some curtains to stop water from spraying all over your dry clothing. I'd stay again, but I'd choose the higher ground because the ground is not as wet and soft an dmore sites are level up there.

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