Southwick Beach State Park
Spacious and popular Southwick Beach is also the northernmost state park of the Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland System, a 17-mile-long stretch of beaches, sand dunes, embayments and wetlands that extends from western Oswego County to Jefferson County. The system includes the largest and most extensive freshwater sand dune formations in the Northeast.
Southwick Beach is known for outstanding swimming and sunning on the long sandy lakeshore. Campers and day-users enjoy picnicking, hiking the trails and recreation on the sports fields. The park also offers 110 campsites. In winter, snowmobilers are permitted in the park and deer hunting is allowed south of the park entrance in season.
The park’s trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are integrated with the trails in adjacent Lakeview Wildlife Management Area.
Lakeview also offers fishing, hunting, bird-watching, boating and fishing. Sandy and South Sandy creeks run through the area and are well known by fishermen for steelhead trout in the spring and Chinook salmon in the fall. Northern pike and yellow perch are often caught through the ice on several of the ponds, and anglers can also enjoy catching smallmouth and largemouth bass during the summer months.
Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, cottontail rabbit, red fox, beaver, mink, grey squirrel, eastern coyote and waterfowl.
Lakeview is a designated bird conservation area and is home to American bitterns, Caspian terns and northern harriers.
Three miles of foot trails and two viewing towers are in the area, as well as two dune walkover structures allowing visitors to catwalk over the fragile dunes and enjoy the Lake Ontario shoreline. An observation tower on Montario Point Road offers a bird's-eye view of the management area.
Other beautiful views can only be seen by boat. Three designated boat launch sites are available for canoes and kayaks or car top boats with a 10-horsepower limit.