Southwick Beach State Park
Watertown, NY

About Southwick Beach State Park

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Southwick Beach is a popular beach destination and is known for its endless beach and swimming. Its a great spot for sunning, picnicking, hiking, and games on the playing fields.

The park offers a variety of campsites, a beach, restrooms with showers, a dumping station, food concession, nature trails, hiking trails, picnic areas, reservable picnic areas with canopy tents, playgrounds, and playing fields. Most facilities are handicapped-accessible.

29 campsites are located along one of the roads directly along the beach, with panoramic views of the beach and Lake Ontario. The beach is access from various designated paths thru the short dunes that separate these campsites from the beach.

Southwick Beach Quick Peek 

Overview
  1. located outside Henderson, 35 min southwest of Watertown, NY
  2. 111 campsites, 29 sites are lakeside, 100 sites are reservable
  3. 44 electric sites
  4. offers one of the best beachside camping experience on Lake Ontario
  5. over 5 miles of beach
Campground Feature Summary
    Large lake. Large sandy beach. Easy access sites. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Large flat sites not directly by the water. Fairly open sites. Fairly open sites with partial shade. Mainly level sites. Many sites directly by the water. Open field sites. Lightly wooded. Partially shady sites. Very busy during summer months / holiday weekends. Good paddling options.

Camping Fees

Nightly camping fee $15/night, add $6/night for waterfront sites, add $5/night for lake view sites
Weekend/Holiday surcharge $4/night
Out of state patrons surcharge $5/night

Camping Season Dates

Fri May 13, 2016 thru Sun Oct 9, 2016
Fri May 12, 2017 thru Sun Oct 8, 2017

Campgrounds Within a 60 Minute Drive

Westcott Beach: 12.2 miles, 17 min
Selkirk Shores: 18.4 miles, 23 min
Cedar Point: 41.7 miles, 52 min
Grass Point: 42.8 miles, 54 min
Keewaydin: 55.1 miles, 56 min
Long Point: 43.0 miles, 58 min
Wellesley Island: 56.5 miles, 59 min

Campgrounds Similar to Southwick Beach and What They Have in Common
(A current work in progress, streamlining ahead)

Fish Creek (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 40 mins : Large lake. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water.
Rollins Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 49 mins : Large RV friendly sites. Many sites directly by the water.
Watkins Glen (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 30 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Letchworth (Western New York), 2 hours 45 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Eighth Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 17 mins : Many sites directly by the water.
Lewey Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 44 mins : Many sites directly by the water.
Fair Haven Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 9 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Good paddling options.
Wellesley Island (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 59 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Many sites directly by the water. Open field sites.
Lake Durant (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 42 mins : Many sites directly by the water.
Meacham Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 48 mins : Large sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water.
Limekiln Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 14 mins : Many sites directly by the water.
Cranberry Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 59 mins : Large lake. Many sites directly by the water.
Northampton Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 56 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water.
Moffitt Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 31 mins : Large sandy beach. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water.
Verona Beach (Central New York), 1 hour 16 mins : Large lake. Electric sites.
Nicks Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 55 mins : Many sites directly by the water. Good paddling options.
Delta Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 26 mins : Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water.
Lake Eaton (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 47 mins : Many sites directly by the water.
Lake Harris (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 13 mins : Many sites directly by the water.
Higley Flow (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 6 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Coles Creek (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 58 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Fairly open sites. Many sites directly by the water. Open field sites. Good paddling options.
Kring Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 8 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Many sites directly by the water. Good paddling options.
Jacques Cartier (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 20 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Fairly open sites. Many sites directly by the water. Open field sites.
Westcott Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 17 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Many sites directly by the water. Good paddling options.
Hamlin Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 35 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Brown Tract Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 19 mins : Many sites directly by the water.
Golden Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 27 mins : Large sandy beach.
Selkirk Shores (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 23 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Good paddling options.
Robert Moses (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 18 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Fairly open sites. Open field sites. Good paddling options.
Ausable Point (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 55 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water. Good paddling options.
Cedar Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 52 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites. Good paddling options.
Point Comfort (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 16 mins : Large lake.
Keuka Lake (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 15 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites.
Sampson (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 56 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites.
Lakeside Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 54 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Cayuga Lake (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 40 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Good paddling options.
Little Sand Point (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 19 mins : Many sites directly by the water.
Rogers Rock (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 54 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach.
Gilbert Lake (Central New York), 2 hours 33 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Good paddling options.
Robert H Treman (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 9 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Moreau Lake (Central New York), 3 hours 17 mins : Large sandy beach. Good paddling options.
Glimmerglass (Central New York), 2 hours 22 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Chenango Valley (Central New York), 2 hours 5 mins : Electric sites.
Taughannock Falls (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 11 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites.
Fillmore Glen (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 45 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Bowman Lake (Central New York), 2 hours 12 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Mongaup Pond (Catskills / Taconic), 3 hours 27 mins : Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water.
Golden Hill (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 11 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Fairly open sites. Many sites directly by the water. Open field sites.
Grass Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 54 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Open field sites. Good paddling options.
Lincoln Pond (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 45 mins : Many sites directly by the water.
Long Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 58 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Fairly open sites. Many sites directly by the water. Good paddling options.
Keewaydin (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 56 mins : Large lake. Fairly open sites. Open field sites. Good paddling options.
Thompsons Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 2 hours 58 mins : Good paddling options.
Crown Point (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 12 mins : Large lake. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites. Good paddling options.
Schodack Island (Catskills / Taconic), 3 hours 11 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Good paddling options.

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