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It appears winter will provide enough snow this year to support any snow activity. If you are looking for a new venue for a winter adventure this may be the place for you.

Beaver Island State Park is a 950-acre park on the south end of Grand Island in the upper Niagara River. The south end of Grand Island on the bank of the Niagara River accessed by Beaver Island Parkway. This 2.7-mile four lane divided expressway near South Grand Island Bridge links the park to US 190.

During winter the park offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding or ice fishing. Snowmobiling by permit on trails open from 10 AM to 10 PM. Heated restrooms are available during winter, but park picnic shelters are seasonal.

Waterfowl hunting is allowed in season. An orienteering course is offered at no charge all year round from dawn to dusk. See park office for information and a compass.

The park’s half mile sandy beach has swimming and fishing with an 80-slip marina for various boating activities. The marina provides both seasonal and transient boat slips, car-top boat launch, and multiple canoe/kayak launches.

There are athletic fields, bike and nature trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, athletic fields, and an 18-hole USGA-recognized championship golf course. Golf season operates at the park from April to November.

Beaver Island Clubhouse has banquet and catering facilities. The park’s nature center is open from July to September noon to 4:00 PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Leashed or caged household pets are permitted in the park. Pets are not allowed in bathing areas, buildings or on improved walkways and boardwalks.

Within the park is home for the Grand Island Historical Society at the River Lea House and Museum. President Grover Cleveland’s cousin, William Cleveland Allen built the Victorian summer farmhouse in 1873. It was used as a summer residence of President Cleveland. It has been refurbished and is dedicated to Grand Island’s rich history.

Address
Beaver Island State Park
2136 West Oakfield Road
Grand Island, NY
Entrance Fee
$7 per vehicle

Grand Island is a town on the largest island on Niagara River and fourth largest in the state. Grand Island is 13 miles northeast of downtown Buffalo. It has a population of 20,374 deriving its name from the French name LA Grande Ile, on it’s town seal.

The Niagara River is a river flowing 35 miles north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It forms the border between the Province of Ontario, Canada and the United States.

Beaver Island State Park is an 80 minute drive of 80 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 west to Buffalo and US 290 northwest. Then at exit 18 drive south on Beaver Island Parkway. At the traffic circle is the park entrance.

A trip to the Buffalo area has much to add your visit to Beaver Island State Park. Grand Island has 7 fast food restaurants, 6 pizzeria’s and 12 dine in restaurants all locally run. How about a nice meal before returning home?

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