Fair Haven Beach State Park

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Fair Haven Beach State Park is on the shore of Lake Ontario. This park is in the Town of Sterling in Cayuga County, New York. The park is northeast of the Village of Fair Haven on the east side of Little Sodus Bay. The southern part of the park is sometimes called Fair Haven State Park.

The park offers a beach on Lake Ontario, picnic tables and pavilions, a playground, a campground with tent and trailer sites, recreation programs, a nature trail, a boat launch and marina, boat rental, hiking, waterfowl hunting in season, fishing and ice-fishing, sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. There are six full-service cabins and nine winterized cabins.

Fair Haven Beach State Park is located in upstate New York on the eastern portion of the Lake Ontario shoreline. It has one of the finest public lakefronts in upstate New York, with towering shoreline bluffs, sandy beaches and adjoining hilly woodlands. The park features 1500 feet of beautiful sand beach including 600 feet of guarded swim area. Inland, Sterling Pond and Creek are centrally located amongst the geological transition between woods and water.

Campgrounds and cabin areas are nestled within the gently rolling woodlands. Fishing and boating opportunities are plentiful in Lake Ontario and the adjoining Little Sodus Bay. Visitors here also enjoy swimming and diving boards, biking, hiking, picnicking, and camping. Winter snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice fishing are very popular. Park facilities include two sandy beaches separated by a diving channel with two boards. Boat rentals include row boats, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks which are only for use on the inland Sterling Pond waterway.

Three separate campgrounds and a 30-unit cabin colony each contain a centralized restroom with showers. Two additional cabins and three cottages make up the self-contained units available for reservation. Campgrounds consist of 46 electric sites and 138 non-electric sites. A ball field, hiking trail, camp store, concession, 5 picnic areas, 2 family picnic tent rentals and 2 shelters (one heated) are also offered as an attraction to patrons. With fantastic scenic views and an 18-hole golf course this makes for a unique and accommodating destination.


The camp was originally built by the CCC in the early 1930s and later by German POWs during its days as the Prison Camp at Fair Haven.[1]

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  1. ^ Charles Itzin, Cayuga County Bicentennial Publications Committee (1999). Back to before: anecdotes from the twentieth century in Cayuga County, New York. Donning Co. ISBN 978-1-57864-070-6. 

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Coordinates: 43°20′47″N 76°41′18″W / 43.3464°N 76.6883°W / 43.3464; -76.6883