Description - Selkirk Shores State Park is known for its wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. A popular sport at this park is bird watching. A wide variety of bird species tend to follow the shoreline to avoid the extended lake crossing. The park office offers a bird checklist of over 200 recorded species. Nearby Salmon River and Grindstone Creek offer excellent fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities.
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Selkirk Shores State Park
- Selkirk Shores State Park is a birders delight. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded at this park. The migrations tend to follow the shoreline, thereby, avoiding the long lake crossing. Raptors are usually seen in early spring. The park is bordered by Lake Ontario to the west, Salmon River to the north and Grindstone Creek and its marsh to the south. A network of trails wind through the area offering views of the birds as well as white-tailed deer and other small woodland and marsh animals. Anglers enjoy the huge salmon and steelhead trout population that migrate up the Salmon River to spawn each fall and winter. Northern pike are the catch during spring and summer.
Recreation - Selkirk Shores State Park offers tent and trailer campsites that overlook Lake Ontario. Cabins are available to rent as well as a picnic pavilion. A swimming beach, picnic tables, recreation programs, hiking trails, bike trails and children's playground are offered. Boat launching opportunities include Pine Grove, which is suitable for small boats, and Mexico Point (Salmon River) suitable for larger boats. Trails are open in winter to cross-country skiers and snowmobilers.
Climate - The Selkirk Shores area experiences average January temperatures from 18 degrees to above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 to above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 inches to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The heaviest precipitation is received in the region's northeast segment.
Located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, Selkirk Shores State Park may be accessed from SR 3, just 3 miles east of Pulaski.