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Bear Swamp State Forest Sunday, January 13th, 2013
Red Trail Entrance

Red Trail Entrance

Bear Swamp State Forest
Fee: None
Pets: Yes (with leash)
Bikes, Snowmobile, Skis allowed

New York State Parks – Bear Swamp State Forest
CNYHiking – Bear Swamp
DEC Trail Map – PDF

Red Trail – Distance: 3.7 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy
Parking at Harnett Road

Blue Trail – Distance: 3.8 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Parking at Curtin Road

Yellow Trail – Distance: 6.4 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Parking off Iowa Road

(2013-01-13 – Advgrl) We took advantage of the January thaw and decided to visit Bear Swamp State Forest.  We opted for the red trail, which was very wet (as was to be expected) in spots.  The air temperatures were so warm today that snow made a fog like appearance that really looked surreal.  Time and foot gear cut us a little short on completing the entire red trail, but this spot will be visited again in the spring.

View along the red trail

View along the red trail


Creek crossing the red trail

Creek crossing the red trail


Fair Haven Beach State Park Friday, July 29th, 2011

Lakeview Trail

Fair Haven Beach State Park
14985 State Park Road, Fair Haven, NY 13064
Fee: State Park Fees Apply - Pets w/restrictions

NYS Parks – Trail Map
NYS Parks – Camp Map

Trail: Bluff Nature Trail
Distance: Unknown / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: Unknown

Trail: Lakeshore Trail
Distance: .85 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 21.204 W76 40.969 (South Trailhead)
GPS: N43 21.793 W76 40.382 (Lakeshore/Woodland)

Trail: Woodland Trail
Distance: .85 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 21.364 W76 40.809 (South Trailhead)
GPS: N43 21.793 W76 40.382 (Lakeshore/Woodland)

07/28/2011 (AdvGirl) – We made camp at site #253/#254 along the Lakeview camping area.  There was a good amount of space at these sites, compared to many other camp grounds we’ve gone to.  These sites offered a view of the lake and were close to well maintained bathroom facilities.  We started our hike here.  From the service road, we hiked to the Lakeshore Trail.  The Lakeshore Trail is a rock and sand base.  It is easily walked and allows views of the bluffs towering overhead.  At the north-eastern end of the Lakeshore Trail, you can pickup the start of the Woodland Trail.  This is an easy walking, well maintained trail.  However, on this July day, it had an abundance of deer flies.  Even with “Deep Woods Off”, it didn’t add anything to experience.  The other amenities, especially the two beaches, are very nice.  Canoes and paddle boats are available to rent and offers access to Sterling Pond, Sterling Creek, and Sterling Marsh.


Lakeview Camping Area - Site #253 -Â N43 20.912 W76 41.333


Lakeshore Trail Entrance


View from the Lakeshore Trail


Woodland Trail View

Little Sodus Bay Sunday, July 11th, 2010
Fair Haven State Park

Fair Haven State Park

Bodies of Water:
Little Sodus Bay

Key Species:
Black Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Black Crappie

“Sprawling over 750 acres, averaging 25 ft deep, and having a maximum depth of 65 ft, this bay’s shoreline is almost totally developed with summer cottages and year round homes.” – Fishing Western New York

Little Sodus Bay –
Little Sodus Bay Contour Map – NYS DEC
Little Sodus Bay Harbor – Army Corps of Engineers

[Rybaak 32A] – Fair Haven Beach State Park
GPS: N43 19.794 W76 41.791 (Park Office Parking)
*Parking for 50 rigs.  Plenty of space on the breaker wall and three piers.  Paved boat ramps and an incredibly nice park to visit or camp at.

[HBF 32A] – Chinook Marina (Public Boat Launch)
GPS: N43 18.990 W76 43.043

Chinook Marina (Public Boat Launch)

Chinook Marina (Public Boat Launch)

[HBF 32B] – Phillips Park
GPS: N43 19.000 W76 42.349 (Parking Area)
*Parking for 10-15 vehicles.  Public boat launch site.  Phillips Park also has a dock and some picnic fixtures (i.e. tables, stoves, etc.).

Phillips Park - Fair Haven, NY

Phillips Park - Fair Haven, NY