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Point Au Roche State Park
Copyright: - New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Point Au Roche State Park
Description - Point Au Roche State Park is located on the beautiful northwestern shore of Lake Champlain amidst an environment of forest and wetland. Much of the park remains natural and undeveloped. Day use amenities include boating, fishing, swimming, play fields and multi-use trails. Environmental programs are offered to school groups with advance notice. The park is open for winter sporting opportunities.

Attractions - Point Au Roche State Park, on the northwestern shore of Lake Champlain, is a mixture of open and forested areas, most of them natural and undeveloped. The park's large day use area has a protected, sandy beach, picnic facilities and concession stand. Boating and fishing are popular activities, as are volleyball, softball and other games. The staffed Nature Center offers a variety of programs open to the public all year. The park's trails, including nature, hiking and biking trails, wind through interesting habitats, from forest to marsh to shoreline. The trails are in use all year for school programs, nature hikes and cross-country skiing. The park also provides access for ice fishing.

Recreation - Point Au Roche State Park offers a swimming beach, bike trail, hiking trails, a nature trail, wildlife viewing, boat launch site, fishing, power boating, picnic area with shelters, a children's playground and play areas, recreation programs and showers. The park is open for cross-country skiing and ice fishing in winter. The park is open year round with the concession stand opening mid-May and closing Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty for swimming from mid-June through Labor Day.

Climate - This area has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from below 14 degrees reaching to 22 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 to -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average between 72 degrees and below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to below 20 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from less than 36 to 40 inches of rain and snowmelt.

Location - Point Au Roche State Park is located along the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain in eastern New York. The park is east of Interstate 87 and US 9 along Point Au Roche Road. It is approximately 6 miles north of Plattsburgh.


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Filed By: Alan Gregory (Conyngham, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: While stationed at Plattsburgh AFB eight or so miles south of the park in the late 80s, we visited Point Au Roche frequently, enjoying its nature trails, wetlands and bay fishing. We visited the park again in late April and again in July of 2006 and were not disappointed either time. In April, hundreds of white trilliums were flowering along one of the paths on Long Point. And other trilliums were found on Short Point. Offshore, common loons were easily seen on our April visit as they staged for the rest of their migrations to lakes to the north and east, especially in Maine. Point Au Roche's trails are varied in length and are all easy to moderate in difficulty. We prefer to start our visits at the nature center, which is located on the base of Long Point, rather than the more developed area around Short Point. Visitors in the warm months are rewarded by mature forests, fields of grass and shrubs that are hotspots for butterflies, especially monarchs. Most any spot on Long Point (especially) is good for a picnic. Watch for ticks, although we've not picked up any in the park.


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Contact Information:
Point Au Roche State Park, 19 Camp Red Cloud Road , Plattsburg, NY, 12901, Phone: 518-563-0369

Additional Information:
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.
Thousand Islands Travel Region - The Saint Lawrence River and the great Lake Ontario offer beautiful sandy beaches, optimal fishing, sailing and boating opportunities. Numerous smaller waterways provide excellent fly fishing, paddle boating and whitewater sports. Military museums, forts and battlefields dot the landscape.

Links:
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website

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