Lake Erie State Park is located along the shores of Lake Erie in New York’s picturesque Allegheny region. The Allegheny region, named for the Allegheny Mountains, is part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. This region spans much of southwestern New York and is a beautiful and a deeply-rooted cultural section of the state.
The park’s thickly forested trees run next to Lake Erie’s blue water and sand shoreline. The quaint bridges and rustic buildings help to create the idyllic image of a New York countryside. RV campers will find solace, relaxation, and scenic views when camping here. The park is open year round, but many of the facilities, including the campground, operate seasonally. Visitors should be sure to check the current operating schedule before planning a trip.
Visitors coming to Lake Erie State Park from some of the major cities in the area will revel in the scenery along their route. From Cleveland, Ohio, the park is 140 miles away, and the drive takes travelers close to Lake Erie’s shoreline. From Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, the ride is 166 miles away via the interstate, or 184 miles away if you prefer a more scenic drive through the Allegheny National Forest. The closest major city to the park is Buffalo, New York, and Buffalo is only 51 miles away. Even from Buffalo, the drive is scenic and often has views of the Great Lake.
RV Rentals in Lake Erie State Park
Transportation in Lake Erie State Park
Getting to and from this state park is easy from many different locations both in state and out of state. Depending on your route, you might be required to take toll roads, so plan ahead and be aware of the toll system in each state.
When entering the park, understand that most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Prices vary by the location and the season.
If you are bringing a boat to the campground, please be aware that rainfall may impact where you park your trailer. Additionally, if your assigned campsite is too wet after heavy rains, the park staff may suggest a different site, depending on the ground saturation.
Campgrounds and parking in Lake Erie State Park
Campsites in Lake Erie State Park
Lake Erie State Campground
The Lake Erie State Campground is a large, pet-friendly, seasonally operating campground that surrounds RVs and trailers with trees and ample shade. The campground has many different types of spaces. The gravel back-in areas ranging in size from 30 to 50 feet offers some electricity (from 15 to 50 amps), or no electricity. When making your reservations, you can choose if you prefer a more modern or more primitive camping experience. You can also determine whether you'd prefer a full shade or partially shaded space. The campground offers campers access to hydrants, showers, flushing toilets, a dump station, sheltered picnic areas, and a playground. Generator Hours are 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The park reserves the right to ask a patron to discontinue a generator should it become excessively loud or impact other campers’ experiences.
Seasonal activities in Lake Erie State Park
Enjoy watching the sunset over Lake Erie while you are looking for birds. Birdwatching at this state park is incredible because one of the most commonly spotted birds is the majestic Bald eagle. Migrating birds also pass through the area, settling along the lakeshore and the grassy lawns along the shoreline. In these places, the most commonly sighted bird is a raptor or another diurnal migrating bird. Bring your beach chair, your binoculars, and prepare to be amazed!
Spend a day wandering around the multi-use trail system in Lake Erie State Park. Pack your necessary provisions to ensure you are prepared for the elements, and see the beauty of the park by foot or bike. Pick up a trail map and become acquainted with the trails and the trail rules. Start your journey at one of the three trailheads and wander through wooded areas, pass along the shoreline, and meander across footbridges. Exploring never sounded so fun!
If you prefer to have a day on the beach, then bring your beach equipment and enjoy the soft waves of Lake Erie. The swim beach draws visitors each season, and the campground makes every effort to provide a safe swimming experience for all of its guests. The park staffs lifeguards, and continually tests the water quality to ensure that all of the swimmers remain safe. Although the beach is open seasonally, circumstances may require the beach to close, so always check with the park staff for operating hours and times and possible closures.
Lake Erie Wine Country
Come and stay at Lake Erie State Park, but venture out for a day trip and discover Lake Erie Wine Country. With more than 30,000 vineyard acres and 23 wineries, Western New York’s wine presence is continually growing. Visit the Grape Discovery Center to learn about the area’s grape tradition or set up a tour from one of the many vineyards. Many of the vineyards set up group tours and provide transportation, so get your family and your neighboring campers together for a fun, informative, and tasty afternoon!
Day Use Facilities
Take advantage of the park’s main attraction, the outdoors, by spending as much time as you can outside. Have a picnic at one of the picnic shelters and bring the kids to the playground for the afternoon. If organized sports interests you, play games on the volleyball court, the baseball field, or the basketball half-court. If you are feeling competitive, visit the horseshoe pits and see who is a better toss. Whatever you decide, you are sure to enjoy spending the day outdoors.
If you are an avid fisher, you should try your hand fishing in one of the Great Lakes. The waters offshore of Lake Erie State Park are considered excellent for fishing. The most common catches are small and largemouth bass, sunfish, walleyes, yellow perch, and white bass. While the park doesn’t have a boat launch, you can bring your boat to one of the boat launching locations within ten miles of the park. In the state of New York, anglers over the age of 16 need to have a valid fishing license to freshwater fish. If you don’t have a boat, or you’d like to hire a fishing guide, contact one of the many fishing outfitters nearby to inquire about fishing charters and excursions.