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Western New York Outdoors
A Parks and Recreation Guide to locations for outdoor adventures in WNY.

Lake Ontario
The Western Basin extends from Buffalo, New York to Rochester with shoreline along Niagara County and Orleans County.

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Lake Ontario fishing

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Newfane and Olcott


Lake Ontario is the eastern most and smallest in surface area of the five freshwater Great Lakes with 4 times the volume of Lake Erie.  Measuring approximately 193 miles wide and 53 miles north to south.  The average depth is about 283 feet, 800 feet at its deepest point.  It outlets to the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean.  Numerous outdoor recreation activities, such as hiking, canoeing, birding, fishing, and sailing, are enjoyed in the Niagara Frontier.

Fort Niagara is one of the oldest US lighthouses and was setup in 1818 to aid navigation.  It was built by the French at the mouth of the Niagara River.  It is a registered national historic landmark.  The State Park offers two boat launches for access, trails and picnic areas.

There are several locations along the Lake Ontario shoreline offering scenic views and recreational opportunities.  The Niagara County Town of Porter has Fort Niagara and Four Mile Creek State Parks.  Traveling eastward to the Town of Wilson is the Wilson-Tuscarora State Park.  In the Town of Newfane is Krull County Park.  The Town of Somerset, at the village of Barker,  has Golden Hill State Park.  Orleans county has Lakeside Beach State Park and Oak Orchard State Marine Park in the Town of Carlton.


Lake Ontario

One of the five Great Lakes.

Lake Ontario NY

Southern shoreline in Niagara and Orleans County, New York.

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Fort Niagara State Park

Lighthouse and boat launches at the mouth of the Niagara River.

Old Fort Niagara

State historic site and US Coast Guard station.

Four Mile Creek

State Park and campgrounds at the end of Robert Moses Parkway.

Wilson-Tuscarora State Park

Sunset Beach at Tuscarora Bay with marina and lighthouse.


Marina at Eighteen Mile Creek near Krull County Park, north of Newfane.

Golden Hill State Park

Golden Hill Creek and boat launch east of Thirtymile Point on Lower Lake Road.

Lakeside Beach State Park

East of Johnson Creek and Syren Creek.

Oak Orchard State Marine Park

Boat launch along Oak Orchard Creek at Point Breeze in Orleans County.

Other Related Sites:

Great Lakes Information Network
Lake Ontario Fishing - From Pt. Breeze to Rochester.
Lake Ontario Fishing Charters
Lake Ontario Outdoors
National Weather Service - Buffalo office.
New York State Parks - Fort Niagara, Four Mile Creek, Golden Hill, Lakeside Beach, Oak Orchard, Wilson-Tuscarora.
New York Visitors Network
Niagara County - Krull Park.
Niagara Falls NY - Attractions.
NYS DEC - Fishing Twelve Mile Creek and East Branch in Wilson.
Olcott and Newfane
Olcott Fishing
Old Fort Niagara
Orleans County
Orleans County Tourism - Waterways.
Sailing Lake Ontario - Bella Sera Yacht Charters of WNY.
Waterfront Trail - Along Canadian shores.
Wikipedia - Lake Ontario.
Youngstown - NY.

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