Geocache Challenge 2016
In addition to spectacular sunsets over one of the Great Lakes, visitors to Selkirk Shores State Park can expect outstanding fishing and popular hiking and biking trails that lead to a lush mix of meadows and woodlands.
Take full advantage of the views! Bring your binoculars - the park is directly in the migration route for a wide variety of bird species. Or, pitch a tent and stay awhile. Campsites are available directly overlooking a bluff on Lake Ontario.
Small boats can be launched from the Pine Grove site into the Salmon River, while larger boats can be launched from the Mexico Point Boat Launch on the Little Salmon River.
Household pets only, caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not permitted in Cottage 25 and Cabins 29 or 30.
Hours of Operation
- Park is open year-round, 7 am - sunset.
- Beach/Swimming: Friday, Saturday and Sundays beginning June 24, 2016 - Labor Day. The beach may still be subject to temporary closures this season as water and lake conditions change.
*Selkirk Shores beach will be closed on Friday, Aug 26 and open Saturday, Aug 27 (12:00pm – 7:00pm) and Sunday, Aug 28 (11:00am – 7:00pm). Labor Day Weekend Selkirk Shores beach will open Friday, Sept 2 (1:00pm – 7:00pm), Saturday, Sept 3rd (12:00pm – 7:00pm), Sunday, Sept 4th (11:00am – 7:00pm), Monday, Sept 5th (11:00am – 7:00pm).*
- Boating: Direct access to a lake is available for launching personal non-motorized boats. Trailers are not permitted.
2016 Camping Season: 5/13/16 - 10/16/16
Campsites - 148 Campsites, maximum 6 people per site.
Cabins - 26 Cabins (Minimum age of 21 required for rentals)
*Cabins 11, 12, 13, 14 and 25 open until 10/30
Full Service Cottage - 1
*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
Reserve through ReserveAmerica 800-456-2267
- Hunting: Archery only; Call park for details.
- Park Office Hours: Vary by season, call for details.
Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Rec Hall:
Open Wednesday - Sunday
Call park office for details.
- Shelter/Tent Rentals:
Available for reservation Mid May to Columbus Day, 9 a.m. - sunset. Call park to reserve.
Enclosed Shelter, capacity 49
Open Shelter, capacity 100
- Programming: 5/28/16-9/5/16
Contact the Park for more information on programming
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.
- Full Service Cottage
Additional $25/week for non-NYS residents
Additional $6.25/night for non-NYS residents
daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
Additional $28/week for non-NYS residents
Additional $7/night for non-NYS residents
*Minimum age of 21 required for rentals
Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents
- Shelter Rentals
- Enclosed Shelter (capacity 49):
- Weekdays: $100
- Weekends/Holidays: $200
Open Shelter (capacity 100):
- Weekdays: $100
- Weekends/Holidays: $125
- Vehicle Entrance Fee
- Cars: 6/24/16 - 9/5/16 $7 (Fri, Sat, Sun & holidays)
Non-Commercial Bus Fee: $35
Commercial Bus Fee: $75
Seasonal Bus Permit: $75
New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.
Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.
Highlights of Selkirk Shores State Park:
- Two rivers flow into Lake Ontario through Selkirk Shores State Park. The Salmon River flows along the north end of the park and Grindstone Creek along the south end. Both of these rivers form distinctive natural communities.
- The Salmon River just north of the park offers world class salmon and steelhead fishing.
- A portion of the wooded area between the campground and the Enclosed Shelter is considered original old growth forest, as it has never been harvested.
- The Selkirk Shores Bird Conservation Area supports populations that are associated with marshes, forests, and shrubs. This area protects marsh-dwelling birds such as Pied-billed Grebes (threatened), American Bitterns (special concern), Least Bitterns (threatened), Black Terns (endangered), as well as other birds.
- Selkirk Shores State Park encompasses part of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland System, an irreplaceable natural area consisting of beaches, dunes, wetlands, wetlands and embayments. These areas form a coastal barrier protecting inland areas, both natural habitats and human structures, from the direct effect of Lake Ontario’s waves, currents, and high water. The coastal barrier is especially important to maintaining the natural productivity of the coastal environment and in providing habitats for fish and wildlife.
- The area contains some of the highest quality freshwater marshes in New York State. In addition to state parks, the entire Eastern Lake Ontario Wetland complex has been deemed a “significant coastal fish and wildlife habitat” but the Department of State, an Audubon “Important Bird Area,” a New York State “Bird Conservation Area,” and a “National Natural Landmark.”
What will you see? Plan your visit today!
Look and listen for these birds at our Park:
Everyone is a Steward: Be a Sandy Island Beach State Park Hero!
Know the rules and concerns for the area you’ll be visiting.
Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers
Use extra caution when using headphones. You may not be able to hear warnings.
Hike and camp on established, durable trails and campsites.
For more information, please read our Trail Tips!
When you enter or leave Lake Ontario:
Clean and remove all visible plants, animals, fish and mud from your boat, trailer and other equipment and dispose of it in a suitable trash container or on dry land.
Drain water from bilge, live wells, ballast tanks and any other locations with water before leaving the launch. Disinfect when possible.
Dry your boat, trailer and all equipment completely. At least 5 days of drying time is recommended. Drying times vary depending on weather and material.
Ask a Naturalist!
Q: Are the snakes on the Lake shore and in the creek venomous?
A: No! The snakes are most likely to be garter snakes, one of the most frequently seen snakes in New York. Garter snakes are harmless, though you should always keep your distance from wildlife.
Q: Are the snakes by the water cotton mouths or copper heads?
A: No, they are most likely non-venomous northern water snakes. However, they can be aggressive and should be avoided.
Q: Are there any invasive species at Selkirk Shores State Park?
A: Unfortunately, yes. Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), frog’s bit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) and forget-me-not (Myositis scorpiodes) are all exotic species which can be found in the park. These plants threaten marsh communities because they replace native plants and may be filling in the small pools that some birds use for nesting.
DID YOU KNOW?
Salmon born in the rivers around Selkirk Shores State Park spend their adulthood feeding and growing in Lake Ontario. After around four years, the salmon return to spawn in the rivers where they were. The majority of salmon die after their first spawning.
There are two types of steelhead trout that run up some of Lake Ontario’s tributaries? The Skamania run from May into September and the Washington steelhead run mid-September through February. Both spawn in late March to the end of April and then return to the Lake.
A large portion of the park was once a potato farm. After the land was made into a park, most of the farm land was planted with trees.
The log structures and the cabins were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and ‘40s. Many are made from American chestnut trees felled during the early years of the chestnut blight.
Key BCA Criteria:
- Migratory concentration site
- Diverse species concentration site
- Species at risk site
The Selkirk Shores BCA is part of Selkirk Shores State Park. It is located on Lake Ontario about 0.3 miles south of Port Ontario, which helps it support New York State species at risk. During spring migration Neotropical migratory songbirds concentrate along lake. The BCA supports assemblages of birds associated with marshes, forests and shrub/scrub including more than 80 species that have been confirmed as breeders. The BCA has supported at risk breeding marsh birds such as Pied-billed Grebes (threatened), American (special concern) and Least Bitterns (threatened), and Black Terns (endangered). Other regularly occurring species at risk include Osprey (special concern), Sharp-shinned Hawk (special concern), Common Tern (threatened) and Golden-winged Warbler (special concern).
Download a copy of the BCA map.