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Whirlpool State Park
Copyright: - New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Whirlpool State Park
Description - Whirlpool State Park is located 2 miles north of the Great Niagara Falls. The park has two levels of recreation opportunities. The upper level offers views of the mile-long rapids along with a children's playground and picnic area. The lower level descends into a gorge offering several trail choices and access to fishing waters. Viewing the waters from this park is interesting because it leaves the whirlpool at a right angle forming an elbow in the Niagara River. This park is open May through November, dawn to dusk.

Attractions - Whirlpool State Park has two observation levels for viewing the mile-long stretch of rapids. The upper level (street level) has many overlooks with spectacular views of the swirling waters, the whirlpool and the Niagara River Escarpment. Visitors picnic and children use the playground at this level. The lower (river level) is accessible by walking the 300 feet of trails and steps that descend into the gorge. This level has several nature trails and access for fishing. Viewing the waters from this park is interesting because it leaves the whirlpool at a right angle forming an elbow in the Niagara River. This park is open May through November, dawn to dusk.

Recreation - Visitors to Whirlpool State Park will enjoy viewing spectacular scenery along the Niagara River. Views are available from two levels. Biking, fishing, hiking, picnicking, a nature trail, children's playground, picnic pavilions and cross-country skiing are also enjoyed at this seasonal park.

Climate - The Whirlpool State Park area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (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 less than 36 inches to approximately 40 inches of rain and snowmelt.

Location - Located at the Niagara Whirlpool area, this state park is located just 2 miles north of the Great Falls.

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Filed By: Bob albee (Amherst, ny)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Guided tour provided by Park Service. 25 cubscouts and their parents in two groups. Left Whirlpool State Park, walked down steps into Gorge. A little rugged trail about two miles down. Rocky in spots. Trip was taken in late fall after the water level was lowered. Could see more of the rock formations than usual. You could feel the spray from the rapids just inches from death if you fell in. Perfectly round holes carved in solid rock from smaller pepples wearing into the larger, softer rock. Had lunch on some of the large rock outcroppings right next to the rapids. To look up and see the rock cliffs above you and hanging over you. Makes you feel like they are going to fall any minute. Some rare plants and trees in the gorge. The adults were sore after the trip because of the rocky trail, but every one of them enjoyed the trip tremendously. The boys, aged from 8 to 11 years old did a great job and are talking about going again this summer. Highly reccommended

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Contact Information:
Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Rapids Blvd. , Niagara Falls, NY, 14305, Phone: 716-278-1762

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.
Niagara Travel Region - Known as the western gateway to New York, the Niagara Travel Region is probably best known for the wondrous Niagara Falls.

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


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