Hamlin Beach State Park

Hamlin Beach State Park

Hamlin Beach State Park has seven miles of beautiful biking and walking trails, including a mile-long self-guided tour of a WWII-era CCC/POW camp. Hamlin Beach has plenty of shaded picnic areas perfect for reading a book with your toes in the sand. There are lifeguards on duty during in designated swimming areas. Each area of the park has it’s own amenities.



Area 1

Green space, unguarded beach, no concessions.

Yanty Creek Environmental Nature Trail and Boat Launch

Hamlin Beach State Park Yanty Creek Environmental Center Nature Trail
Yanty Creek Environmental Center Nature Trail

Yanty Marsh is a lake shore wetland that provides habitat for various marsh-nesting birds, amphibians and turtles. The observation platform is a great place for wildlife watching. For a closer look, paddle into the marsh from one of the boat launches on the lake.

Hamlin Beach State Park boat launch
Car-top boat launch
Hamlin Beach State Park


Area 3

Pond, swimming beach, playground, bathhouse, concessions, 3 shelters

Hamlin Beach State Park bridge
Hamlin Beach State Park bathhouse
Hamlin Beach State Park
New York State Parks Hamlin Beach
Hamlin Beach State Park
Hamlin Beach State Park


Area 4

Swimming beach, 2 shelters, concessions.

Hamlin Beach State Park lifeguard chairs
Hamlin Beach State Park
Hamlin Beach State Park
Hamlin Beach State Park sunset


Area 5

Green space, unguarded beach, paved walking paths. The hiking trail along the West Bluff to the Devil’s Nose Trail was closed due to erosion, but has re-opened!

Hamlin Beach State Park area 3
Hamlin Beach State Park


CCC/POW Camp

The green space at 968 Moscow Road was previously used as camps–first by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) young men 1935-1941, then by German prisoners of war (POW)1944-1946. There is excellent interpretive signage as well as parking lot for roughly 20 cars. Checkout this camp-tour map of the area as you move around the signage. There’s also information on that PDF letting you know what the marker-flags on site are for.

From the map: “The CCC boys lived here while they worked for one dollar a day building Hamlin Beach State Park from 1935 to 1941. German POWs lived here from 1944 to 1946 while they worked on area farms and in area canning factories for 85 cents a day. This field trip will cover both the CCC and the POW camp in the same tour.”

Hamlin Beach State Park CCC POW parking
Hamlin Beach State Park CCC POW

Thank you to Hamlin Selection for sharing an updated map that includes the camp at 968 Marsh Road, Yanty Marsh Boardwalk, and other features that older brochures are missing.

Thank you to Hamlin Selection for sharing an updated map that includes the camp at 968 Marsh Road, Yanty Marsh Boardwalk, and other features that older brochures are missing.


More information about Hamlin Beach State Park

  • Cost: in season, vehicle entrance fee; off season, free
  • Located on Lake Ontario, roughly 35 minutes / 30 miles from Rochester (get directions)
  • More information: nysparks.com

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