What to do in Sandy Island Beach State Park

Sandy Island Beach State Park is part of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland System, a 17 mile stretch which extends from the Town of Richland, Oswego County, north along Lake Ontario to Jefferson County. The Dunes were formed by wind and wave motion of a giant inland sea that preceded Lake Ontario. The area is only significant freshwater dune site in the northeastern United States.

The Eastern Lake Ontario Dune system offers many opportunities for hikers, birdwatchers, canoeists and kayakers. Walkovers and viewing platforms have been built to protect the fragile dune environment.

Recreation
The Eastern Lake Ontario Dune system offers many opportunities for hikers, birdwatchers, canoeists and kayakers. Walkovers and viewing platforms have been built to protect the fragile dune environment.

Location
* Syracuse: I-81 North to Exit 37 (Sandy Creek), West on County Route 15 through Sandy Creek, 8 miles to the park entrance.

* 1000 Islands Region: I-81 South to Exit 37 (Sandy Creek), West on County Route 22A, .2 miles US Route 11, .1 mile South to County Route 15, 8 miles to the park entrance.

* Buffalo and Rochester: Thruway (I-90) East to Exit 41, Seneca Falls, Route 414 North to Route 104 East, Route 3 North to park entrance.

* New York and Albany: Thruway (I-90) West to Exit 34A, Route 481 North to I-81 North to Exit 37 (Sandy Creek), West on County Route 15 through Sandy Creek, 8 mile to park entrance.

Climate
New York experiences four distinct seasons, with spring and fall being the most pleasant times to travel through the region. Humidity in the southeastern areas of the state can make summer travel uncomfortable, although many festivals and special events occur during that season. Summer highs in the lower elevations of New York usually don't surpass 90 degrees F. Thunderstorms occur a few times a week and can bring needed relief from the heat.

During the fall and spring humidity levels drop with temperatures and make for pleasantly mild traveling weather. Fall brings brilliant color changes in the leaves and spring bring blooming flowers to all regions of the state.

Winter travel can be hazardous as the western portion of the state receives extreme amounts of snow. Debilitating ice storms hit the southeastern portion of the state as often as snow. Although the major highways are usually clear soon after snow, in time to reach the ski resorts in northern New York.
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