Evangola State Park
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Introduction

Set on an arc-shaped shoreline and natural sand beach on the edge of Lake Erie, Evangola State Park is a camper’s paradise. The 773-acre park in Brant, New York, meanders through wildlife-abundant woodland, meadows and wetlands and its fantastic facilities, from tennis courts to hiking and biking trails, make it the ultimate outdoor playground for RV campers. In fact, it’s so popular it gets over 100,000 visitors every year!

Evangola State Park is blessed with many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Spend lazy days swimming in the lake (lifeguards are available in summer), challenging the family to a game of basketball or horseshoes, and admiring the world-famous Lake Erie sunsets. While the warm summer weather makes the beach a popular spot to hang out, during the winter the waters of Lake Erie freeze over and the park trails are used for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

When it comes to nature conservation, the park is one of the best. Once a farm, the land was used to grow tomatoes, beans and corn. Today this fertile land is a wildlife paradise – keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, raccoons, turkey and red-tailed hawks. Explore the three-acre wetland area home to amphibians, reptiles and fish species and nesting sites for a variety of birds and ducks. The park is also a key site for bat migrations in the fall with one of the highest recorded numbers on the Great Lakes. Come September, the trees are filled with amazing collections of Monarch butterflies on their six week journey from New York to the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico. With so much to see and do, Evangola State Park is the perfect choice for your next nature-filled RV getaway.

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Transportation in Evangola State Park

Driving

Located along Old Lake Shore Road off the US 20, Evangola State Park is easy to find. Campers driving tall vehicles should be careful about which routes they take to get to the park. Highway 5 from the south and Highway 249 from the east both have RR overpasses of 12’5”. If you’re higher than that you should come in from the north (Angola on the Lake).

Navigation within the park is not a problem except when it comes to the dump station. Using it will require some manouvering for big rigs as it is located on the other side of the road. Big rigs should also be aware that while the campsites can fit vehicles up to 40 feet, they are quite narrow.

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Campgrounds and parking in Evangola State Park

Campsites in Evangola State Park

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Evangola Campground

Evangola State Park is situated on the edge of Lake Erie. It offers 77 electric-only sites for tents and RVs or trailers up to 40 feet in length. Each campsite has a gravel pad for your rig and comes with a picnic table and fire pit, and campers have access to restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers and a dump station. There is also one eight-sleeper cabin, and six six-sleeper yurts.

The campground has everything you need. There’s a 1950s-style diner complete with jukebox, a swimming beach with lifeguards on duty in summer, and a well-stocked camp store that sells firewood, ice, groceries and camping gear like sleeping bags, tents and toiletries. Sports facilities include tennis and basketball courts, volleyball nets, horseshoes, disc golf, and a baseball field. Other facilities include Evangola Nature Center, picnic tables, picnic shelters, and a banquet room for hire.

Evangola State Park is pet-friendly for up to two pets per campsite, but they should be kept on a leash at all times. Campsites can be reserved up to 11 months in advance; unreserved sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

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Seasonal activities in Evangola State Park

In-Season

Birding

The park is a highlight for birders who travel far and wide to experience the interesting bird activity here. One of the earliest migrant birds to arrive in the spring is the American woodcock and it’s mating show at dawn and dusk is a real sight to behold. Birders will also be able to see rare red-headed woodpecker, bald eagles, belted kingfisher, killdeer, yellow-rumped warbler, eastern bluebirds and many more species of birds.

Swimming

Evangola State Park is located on the edge of Lake Erie and boasts its own beautiful natural sand beach. During the summer, campers and day visitors alike can enjoy swimming in the refreshing waters of the lake, believed to be one of the best swimming areas on the Niagara Frontier. Families with young children can rest assured that lifeguards will be on duty in the summer months.

Outdoor sports

With a host of fantastic sporting facilities, Evangola State Park is the perfect spot to let off a little steam. Challenge the family to a game of baseball or tennis or test out your skills on the basketball or volleyball courts. If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, there are also opportunities for Frisbee disc golf in the park as well as horseshoe pits for testing your throwing skills. Alternately, head to the lake for some fishing or take your bikes out for a spin along the park’s scenic trails.

Off-Season

Hunting

New York State has both spring and fall hunting seasons for turkey, deer, and small game. Bows, crossbows and shotguns are allowed at various times of the year and for hunting different animals, such as bows only for turkey and bows or shotguns only for small game. Portable tree or ladder stands are allowed at Evangola. You will need a self-issue hunting permit to hunt around Evangola State Park. Permits are free and are available online or at the park office.

Ice volcanoes & ice fishing

Lake Erie is a beautiful lake to enjoy all year round. When it’s not being used for swimming during the summer months, it freezes over. This creates some incredible ice formations, such as ice volcanoes formed by waves frozen into cones, only found on a few of the Great Lakes. These cones erupt when they shoot water up through their center and many people walk the winter shoreline to witness this phenomenal sight. The lake is also the perfect spot for day visitors to enjoy ice fishing in the winter months. Anglers can enjoy fishing for yellow perch, walleye, lake trout and smallmouth bass. Make sure to bring all of your own fishing gear and plenty of bait.

Snow sports

During the winter season, Evangola State Park’s beautiful hiking trails are groomed for fun snow-filled activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The landscape is a winter wonderland to discover whether you’re a beginner or expert skier and provide the perfect day out for local day visitors in the area or RV campers passing through. Various events are held at Evangola State Park during the winter season.

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