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Whetstone Gulf State Park
Copyright: - New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Whetstone Gulf State Park
Description - Day use and overnight facilities are offered at this unique natural sight. The Whetstone Gulf is a long narrow gorge lined with 350-foot vertical stone walls. A 50-foot waterfall adds to the beautiful environment. Hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, camping and more are offered at Whetstone Gulf State Park.

Attractions - Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three mile long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 56 wooded campsites, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, one of which circles the gorge. Above the gorge is Whetstone Reservoir, stocked with tiger muskie and largemouth bass for fishermen. It is also a popular canoeing site.

Recreation - Whetstone Gulf State Park is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day for summer activities and from December 15th through March 15th for winter sports. Visitors find this site one of the most spectacular sites east of the Rocky Mountains. Park activities include swimming, boat launching, hiking, hunting (in season), fishing, picnicking, playground, camping, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The picnic and campground areas are handicapped accessible.

Climate - The Whetstone Gulf State Park 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 - Whetstone Gulf State Park is located 6 miles south of Lowville along SR 26 and the Whetstone Creek.

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Filed By: david whalen (ellisburg, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The scenery is spectacular and unique to this park. In 18 inches of snow with the trail already broken,the north and south trail hike needs about 5 hours to enjoy and not be rushed.Will hike it again for sure.

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Whetstone Gulf State Park, RD #2, Box 69 , Lowville, NY, 13367, Phone: 315-376-6630

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.

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


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