Fair Haven Beach State Park

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Fair Haven Beach State Park
Fair Haven Beach State Park is located in New York
Fair Haven Beach State Park
Location of Fair Haven Beach State Park within New York State
TypeState park
Location14985 State Park Road
Fair Haven, New York[1]
Coordinates43°20′47″N 76°41′18″W / 43.3464°N 76.6883°W / 43.3464; -76.6883Coordinates: 43°20′47″N 76°41′18″W / 43.3464°N 76.6883°W / 43.3464; -76.6883
Area1,141 acres (4.62 km2)[2]
Operated byNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors295,527 (in 2014)[3]
OpenAll year
WebsiteFair Haven Beach State Park

Fair Haven Beach State Park is a 1,141-acre (4.62 km2) state park[2] on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario in upstate New York. It is located on the east side of Little Sodus Bay in the town of Sterling in Cayuga County, northeast of the village of Fair Haven. The southern part of the park is sometimes called Fair Haven State Park.

The park covers shoreline bluffs, sandy beaches and adjoining hilly woodlands. Inland, the park includes Sterling Pond and Sterling Creek.

Park facilities[edit]

The park offers 1,500 feet (460 m) of sand beach including 600 feet (180 m) of guarded swim area on Lake Ontario, in addition to five picnic areas with picnic tables and pavilions, a playground and ball field, a campground with tent and trailer sites, a boat launch and marina, and an 18-hole golf course. Amenities include a camp store, a concession stand, and boat rentals with row boats, paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks available for use only on the Sterling Pond waterway. Activities at the park include recreation programs, hiking, waterfowl hunting in season, fishing and ice-fishing, sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Fishing and boating opportunities are available in Lake Ontario and the adjoining Little Sodus Bay.[1]

Three campgrounds and a cabin colony each contain a centralized restroom with showers. The cabin colony contains 30 units, including six full-service cabins and nine winterized cabins. A total of 46 electric and 138 non-electric camp sites are available.[1]


The camp was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s and later by German POWs during its days as the Prison Camp at Fair Haven.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Fair Haven Beach State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. pp. 671–674. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Charles Itzin, Cayuga County Bicentennial Publications Committee (1999). Back to before: Anecdotes from the Twentieth Century in Cayuga County, New York. Donning Co. ISBN 978-1-57864-070-6.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

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