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Jacques Cartier State Park

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Jacques Cartier State Park has a sheltered bay protecting the sandy swimming beach and campers dock. The two biggest draws for the park are unlimited boating opportunities and excellent fishing. The park's large open lawns encourage games and picnics; a playground and another picnic ground, this one forested, are nearby. In winter, cross-country skiing is permitted in the park.


Current Water Quality - Beach Results


Must have proof of current rabies vaccination - certificate inoculation or dated collar tag. Household pets only, caged or on a leash, not more than 6 feet. Not permitted in picnic or bathing areas. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • Open mid-May through Columbus Day weekend.
  • 2016 Swimming Season: 6/25 - 9/5, 10 am - 6 pm

  • 2016 Camping Season: 5/20 - 9/11

    *Please note within the camping season time frame, some loops/sites may open later or close earlier. For more details, please call the park or visit
  • Boat Dockage: 5/20 - 9/11
  • Shelter Rental: 5/20 - 9/11, by permit
  • Deer hunting is permitted in season only on the Southeast side of Route 12. Waterfowl hunting is permitted in season.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Beach
  • Day Use (Peak) $7
    After 4 PM $5

    Bus Use (Daily)
    Commercial $75
    Non Profit $35

  • Boat Dockage
  • Day Use (Peak) $7
    Day Use (NonPeak) $6
    Campers $12
    Overnight $19 (prime)

    Out-of-State $5
    Weekend/Hol $4

  • Campsites
  • $15-$31/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

  • Shelter Reservation Fee
  • $60
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Day Use (Peak) $7
    After 4 PM $5
    Day Use (NonPeak) $6
    After 4 PM $4

    Bus Use (Daily)
    Commercial $75
    Non Profit $35

    Toll Booth Hours:
    Opening to 6/16: 8AM to 4PM
    6/17 - 9/4: 8AM to 8PM
    9/5 - Close: 8AM to 4PM


Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Thu 28 Jul
Meet the Coast Guard
Thursday, July 28, 2016 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Jacques Cartier State Park
(315) 375-6371

Who is the Coast Guard and what do they do on the St. Lawrence River? Come find out by meeting the personnel of a boat crew as they visit our docks! As a member of the nation armed forces learn about the vital services the United States Coast Guard preform on our nations waterways including here in the Thousand Island on the St. Lawrence River.

Wed 10 Aug
All About Beavers
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Jacques Cartier State Park
(315) 375-6371

Join the staff from  the Massena Nature Center for a walk to a beaver pond. Participants can learn all about New York States official mammal. Examine firsthand how natures master engineer and builder constructs its own habitat. The group will meet at the First Falls Trail head located on the park entrance road. The trail is short and will include a wet stream crossing and mud. Participants are recommended to have walking shoes,water, and insect repellent. Program duration approximately 1.5 hours.
Thu 11 Aug
Birds of Prey
Thursday, August 11, 2016 07:00 PM
Jacques Cartier State Park
(315) 375-6371

Come to the park pavilion and meet falconer Mark Manske of Adirondack Raptors. A variety of live owls ,hawks and falcons will be on display for interactive audience participation and demonstration. Learn the similarities and difference between the different species. Participants will gain a up close look to better understand and appreciation of these magnificent hunting birds. Lawn chairs recommended. 

Fri 12 Aug
Aquatic Exploration
Friday, August 12, 2016 02:00 PM
Jacques Cartier State Park
(315) 375-6371

Aquatic life in the St. Lawrence River can be an excellent indicator of water quality. Join Nature Up North staff members in exploring fish and aquatic invertebrates at Jacques Cartier State Park shoreline. We will cast for fish, search for frogs, and use dip nets to catch larvae of dragonfly's, mayflies, and beetle's! This program is for explorers of all ages.Please bring water to drink and wear clothes/shoes that can get wet. Meet at the park beach.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Campsites
  • Dockage
  • Dumping Stations
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Powerboats
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hunting