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Robert Moses State Park - Barnhart Island
Copyright: - New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Robert Moses State Park - Barnhart Island
Description - Robert Moses State Park - Barnhart Island is located along the St. Lawrence Seaway 3 miles north of Massena off SR 131. Visitors reach the park through a tunnel under the Eisenhower Lock. This beautiful park is home to a variety of wildlife and plant life. Recreational opportunities include a campground and cabins, a boat launch and marina, some of the best fishing in the Northeast, picnic areas, a swimming beach, tennis courts and a nature museum.

Attractions - Robert Moses State Park is located partly on the mainland and partly on Barnhart Island. Visitors reach the park through a tunnel under the Eisenhower Lock. The park is spacious, home to a large variety of flora and fauna and offers a multitude of recreational opportunities.

Recreation - Robert Moses State Park offers a swimming beach, bike paths, hiking trails, a nature trail, wildlife viewing, boat launch site, boat rental, cabin rental, camper recreation programs, fishing, marina, power boating, museum, picnic area with shelters, tennis courts, a children's playground, campground with showers, and winter sports including cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The park is open year round with the camping season opening in mid-May and continuing through Columbus Day. The swimming beach is open from late June through Labor Day. The marina operates from Memorial Day through September.

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 - Robert Moses State Park - Barnhart Island is located along the St. Lawrence Seaway 3 miles north of Massena (SR 37) off SR 131.


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Filed By: EJF (Boston, MA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A hidden gem - I cycled the park, which is an Island in the middle of the great St. Lawrence River, on a road bicycle. Starting at the info center, there is a paved road with a wide bike lane that goes for about 6 miles from the entrance of the park through a nature preserve, across a wide bridge with a view or a tall controll dam, to a dead end near a huge power dam. Unfortunatly since 911 you have to turn around without visiting the dam that connects the island to the mainland of Canada. There are two side roads to take on your return trip. One 2 mile road takes you to a large sand beach with lifequards, a changing area and a consession stand. Continuing on the road that took you to the beach, you can ride a short distance to a marina. There you will find that dramatic Controll dam up close. Returning to the main road there is another road to the right that takes you 2 miles a large camping area. There is a fantastic 35+ mph dip in the road that would never be built in todays more careful world. The camping area is right on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. Returning to the main road you go right past your car at the information center and ride about 3 miles. Alongside this road, that does not have a bike lane, you often see huge oceangoing ships in a canal to your right. There is a left turn to Hawkins Point which is full of fishermen and boaters. There is an overlook to the power dam where you can see and hear the power of the river. Returning to the main road you will find your car at the information center. The total ride is over 20 miles and traffic is seldom a problem. Remember that I said that this huge island is a nature preserve. If your ride ends near dusk you will be certain to see at least a dozen deer along the way. I got lucky and came eye to eye with wild turkeys, black squirlls, hawks, groundhogs and a coyote; bring a camera. Lodging, a shopping mall and restaurants are located in nearby Massena. In the other direction, an Indian Reservation has good gift shops and a nice Casino.


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Contact Information:
Robert Moses State Park - Barnhart Island, P.O. Box 548 , Massena, NY, 13662, Phone: 315-769-8663

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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