Westcott Beach State Park
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Introduction

Westcott Beach State Park is located on Lake Ontario in the beautiful Thousand Islands Region of upstate New York. Spectacular views, wooded hills, and sandy beaches on Henderson Bay make this a great RV trip destination with all the beauty of the Northeast. Lake Ontario, whose name means “Lake of Shining Waters”, is one of the five Great Lakes, with a surface area of 7,320 square miles.

Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound, and the excellent black bass fishing on Lake Ontario is an angler’s dream. Miles of hiking trails serve doubly as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails in the snow season. You can enjoy days of fun in the sun relaxing on the sandy beaches of the lake, surrounded by lush woodlands. After a thrilling day of splashing in the waves, you can enjoy a picnic by the tranquil banks of Lake Ontario.

The peak season at Westcott Beach State Park is May to September, and be advised the campground and swimming areas are closed during the winter months. The rest of the park, including the lovely wooded Black River Trail, is open year-round for day use. Summers reach pleasant days in the 60s and 70s, while the winter reaches cold temperatures typically in the 30s. No matter what time of year you take a camper road trip to upstate New York, you’ll be surrounded by the serenity untouched beauty off the shores of Lake Ontario.

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Transportation in Westcott Beach State Park

Driving

Westcott Beach State Park is located on the eastern end of Lake Ontario in the town of Henderson, in Jefferson County, New York. The park is located off of Route 3, at Henderson Bay. There are plenty of local roads that will take you anywhere you want go within the park including the beach, picnic area, trail heads, and campground. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers within the park.

Parking

Parking lots are dotted around the park including near Lake Ontario, the Contact Station, and campgrounds. You can easily access all the major attractions including the lake beach and trailheads from these lots. Parking is available for RVs and trailers, although they may fill up quickly during the peak season.

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Campgrounds and parking in Westcott Beach State Park

Campsites in Westcott Beach State Park

Reservations camping

Westcott Beach State Park Campground

Westcott Beach State Park Campground offers 154 campsites that accommodate tents and RV or trailers up to 50 feet in length. The campground is divided into two areas: the first is near the lake, while the other is on the southern edge of the park. Some of the sites offer gorgeous views of Lake Ontario and easy access to fishing, boating, and swimming. Amenities include showers, restrooms, a dump station, and picnic tables. The campground is open from May until September. Reservations made be made from one day up to 9 months in advance.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Private Campgrounds

If you prefer to stay outside of the park you can choose a private campground or RV park. There are a number of accommodations to choose from in nearby Henderson or Watertown. You may be able to enjoy a range of modern amenities, including wireless internet, cable TV, and swimming pools.

Seasonal activities in Westcott Beach State Park

In-Season

Hunting

Take advantage of the on-site Waterfowl Blind to sharpen your hunting skills. If you bring your hunting gear in your camper you will have the chance to hunt a diverse array of species at Westcott Beach State Park. A permit is required for hunting at the Waterfowl Blind.

Fishing

Pack your fishing gear in your rig, because there are great angling opportunities in this park. Lake Ontario provides abundant opportunities to hook your bait for black bass and other native fish species. Fishing jetties protecting the marina from Lake Ontario's strong westerly winds, provide a great place for children and adults to fish offshore together.

Hiking

Westcott Beach State Park offers a tranquil setting to park your camper and trek out into the untamed wilderness of shining lake shores and majestic woodlands. There are number of unnamed trails dotted around the park, where you can hike amongst towering forests, grassy knolls, and pristine lake beaches.

Swimming

Leave the motorhome behind and take a dip off a sandy beach at Lake Ontario with sweeping views across Henderson Harbor. The swimming areas are conveniently located near the picnic area and playground. The south swimming area is designated as a “kiddie” swim zone, so the kids will love splashing in the waves at the lake.

Boating

Westcott Beach State Park features a boat launch in the marina area when you are ready to hit the water. You can coast on the water in your motorized boat or paddle in an non-motorized watercraft, like a canoe, kayak, or sailboat. You’ll love riding across the shining waters of Lake Ontario during your RV road trip to Westcott Beach State Park.

Off-Season

Snowshoeing Trails

Westcott Beach State Park turns into a winter wonderland during the colder months, providing ample opportunities to explore untouched wilderness from your snowshoes. If you are bringing your snowshoes on your camper escape to upstate New York, you can trek across a myriad of trails to see the beautiful sites of frozen waters and snow-capped forests.

Cross Country Skiing Trails

If you are into cross-country skiing, a winter RV escape to Westcott Beach State Park is a must. There are trails all around the park that will allow you to coast along the freshly fallen snow and see the beauty of nature up close and personal in a unique way. Make sure you pack your warm winter clothes with you, since temperatures can drop below 30 degrees during the coldest days.

Photography

The off-season is a perfect time of year to take incredible shots for your photography portfolio during your camper trip to Westcott Beach State Park. You can take amazing pictures of the fresh snow falling on top of lush forests. Or you can head on down to Lake Ontario to capture the serenity of a winter lake.

Picnicking

The park’s beautiful waterfront picnic area is a great place to stop for a lunch or grill dinner. Enjoy the surrounding grassy areas and well-shaded grills while taking in the beauty of Lake Ontario. On warmer days in the off-season you can still enjoy a scrumptious meal surrounded by the beauty of the lake and forests all around you.

Winter Hiking

Westcott Beach State Park is a prime spot to park your camper and head on out to a winter hike. You can trek out and see unique winter views of icy waters and snow-capped woodlands. You’ll want to dress warmly and make sure you bring your binoculars to spot winter critters that call this beautiful park home.

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