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Evangola State Park

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Address
10191 Old Lake Shore Road
Irving, NY 14081
Latitude 42.601479
Longitude -79.082619

Evangola State Park's major attraction is its beautiful arc-shaped shoreline and natural sand beach on Lake Erie. Low cliffs of Angola shale line the edge of the beach. In addition to swimming, the park has picnic facilities, baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, 80 campsites and a nature center in the campground area.


Yurts are now available for reservations.
Yurts are wood lattice framed structures with heavy duty re-enforced fabric sides and insulated liners. They have windows, a domed roof and wood floors. State Park yurts include six cots and mattresses as well as a refrigerator and a microwave. Visit Reserve America to book your stay.

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in bathing areas, buildings or on improved walkways and boardwalks. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • 2016 Swimming Season: 5/28 - 9/5, 11 am - 7 pm

    5/28 - 6/19: weekends only
    6/25-9/5: daily

  • 2016 Camping Season: 4/29 - 10/9

    Office & Camp Store Hours:
    4/29 - 6/25, Mon-Thurs 7am - 3:30pm, Fri-Sat 7am - 10pm
    6/26 - 9/5, Daily 7am - 10pm
    9/6 - 10/9, Mon-Thurs 7am - 3:30pm, Fri-Sat 7am - 10pm
  • Eatery: 11am-7pm

    5/28-6/19: Weekends only
    6/25-9/5, daily
  • Disc Golf (discs for sale), Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling - Seasonal use available
  • Nature Center: 7/2-9/1, Wed-Sun, 12pm-5pm
  • Pheasant and small game hunting are allowed during pheasant season by permit in a limited area.
  • Picnic Shelters, Banquet Room, Meeting Rooms - Seasonal use
  • Wedding Gazebo: Seasonal only.

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.

  • Banquet Room
  • $250
  • Cabin
  • Per night: daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
    Per week: $420

    Additional $28/week for non-NYS residents
    Additional $7/night for non-NYS residents
  • Camping
  • $15-$27/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents
  • Meeting Room
  • $60
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Regular, $35 & $40
    Large, $75
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • When beach is open $7
    When beach isn't open $6
    Non-Profit Buses $35
    Commercial Buses $75
    Non-Profit Seasonal $75

    Collected:
    5/28-6/19: 9am-5pm, weekends & holidays only
    6/25-9/5: 9am-5pm, daily

  • Wedding Gazebo
  • $15.00
  • Yurts
  • $77.50 per day (NYS Residents)
    $83.75 per day (Non-NYS Residents)
    #310 weekly

Maps

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 Evangola State Park:

  • The campground and picnic areas at Evangola State Park overlook scenic lake vistas, a sandy swimming beach and world-famous Lake Erie sunsets
  • These are unique ice formations only found on a few of the Great Lakes. Ice volcanoes are formed by crashing waves which freeze in the form of magnificent cones of ice. The cones “erupt” when they shoot water up through their cores. Many people walk the Evangola shoreline to see this rare winter sight.
  • Lake Erie’s water moderates the temperature of the coastal region, so the vibrant colors of the fall foliage last well into October at Evangola State Park.
  • Vernal Pools form in spring as “puddles in the forest” and dry in the summer. Because predatory fish can’t survive in these ephemeral pools, they are an important habitat for insects and amphibians that lay their eggs in water, such as wood frogs, spring peepers, and American toads.
  • One of the earliest migrant birds to arrive in the springtime, the male American woodcock’s mating flights at dusk and dawn are one of the most spectacular sights of the park. The male woodcock begin on the ground with a buzzy “peent” call and then flies upward in a wide spiral as his wings produce a twittering sound. After reaching a height of 200 to 350 feet, the bird descends in a zigzag fashion, chirping as it flies.
  • Every year, Monarch Butterflies perform an amazing 2,400 mile between Mexico and Canada. Every September at Evangola State Park, huge numbers of Monarchs can be seen resting in the trees, a respite on their 6 to 8 week journey from New York State to the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico where they spend the winter.
  • Even though the populations of this bird are in decline across much of the U.S., The red-headed woodpecker population at Evangola State Park is quite stable. Patrons in the campground and nature center see them often, and they are a beautiful and active bird in the park.
  • The three acre wetland along the entrance parkway was created in 2010 with the NYS Thruway Authority. The wetland was part of a project to mitigate the environmental impacts of work conducted along the NYS Thruway. This new habitat feature is home to various amphibian, reptile, and fish species, as well as a nesting and foraging site for a variety of birds and ducks. Because of the success of the project, its excellent design, and its use as an outdoor classroom, the marsh won the ACEC Engineering Excellence Award in March 2013, the first landscape project to ever win this prestigious award.

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

What will you see? Plan your visit today!

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: Are the ice volcanoes safe to walk on?

A. Lake Erie ice is notoriously unstable and can be dangerous. To be safe and see the ice volcanoes up close, take a naturalist-guided ice volcano hike to learn about how they form and how ice volcanoes help the Lake Erie environment. Tours can be easily be arranged by calling (716) 549-1050.

Q: Is it safe to swim in Lake Erie?

A: At Evangola State Park the water is routinely tested during the swimming season to make sure it is safe. The park has excellent water quality and is almost always open for swimming.

Q: Where is a good place to spot a Bald Eagle?

A: Bald eagles tend to stay close to water where they can keep an eye out for the fish they like to eat. For this reason, the beach, trails and pathways along the Lake Erie shoreline are the best spots to see a Bald Eagle. Bald eagles are even more common late fall and winter, when Bald Eagles leaves frozen inland lakes and ponds to feed over Lake Erie until it freezes over as well.

Everyone is a Steward! Be an Evangola State Park Preserve Hero:

  • Know the rules and potential hazards for the area you'll be visiting.
  • Use a map and compass instead of flagging, rock cairns, or marking paint.
  • Hike on established, durable trails.
  • Carry in and carry out your waste.
  • Leave all natural objects as you find them.
  • Fires are permitted only in barbecue grills. Please dispose of coals in bins provided.
  • Respect wildlife and observe from a distance.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

When you enter or leave Lake Erie:

  • 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

Wildlife:

  • Evangola State Park is a key site for bird and bat migrations in the fall. In a 2012 U.S. U.S. Fish and Wildlife study, the Evangola State Park bird and bat monitoring station near Lake Erie was cited for having the highest single night count of migrating birds and bats of recorded at any station on the Great Lakes!

Weather:

  • Lake-effect snow occurs when winter storms pass over Lake Erie’s water, producing narrow bands of localized snow. At Evangola State Park winter visitors take advantage of this to enjoy the snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, or the separate snowmobile trail.

Park Amenities:

  • Evangola State Park has a 1950s style diner complete with a jukebox located right above the swimming beach.
  • The Evangola Nature Center is in historic 1929 YWCA Recreation Building with original hieroglyphs and art from the women who stayed at “Camp 40 Acres” during the 1930s. During World War II, women who worked in defense plants were invited to the progressive Camp 40 Acres for “interracial weekends,” which gave them the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors together and learn how to work together to accomplish goals. In 1957 Mary Elizabeth Woods became the executive director of the camp, the first African American in the nation to hold that position.
  • The Evangola Nature Center offers activities and displays focused on the Lake Erie environment that surrounds it. Call (716) 549-1050 for nature center hours and information on outdoor education programs.
Sat 16 Jul
Discovering Dragonflies: Class #2
Saturday, July 16, 2016 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Come explore the different families and species of the most commonly seen dragonflies in our second dragonfly class! There will be a power point and an excursion to a nearby pond for a hands-on encounter! Bring a notebook! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Aug
Discovering Dragonflies: Class #3
Saturday, August 13, 2016 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Now that you've mastered identification, explore the unique behaviors and habitats of these incredible insects in our third and final class! Bring a notebook! For information and registration call (716)549-1050.

Registration: Required
Fri 09 Sep
Erie Bats
Friday, September 9, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

An exhilarating evening hike to search for migrating tree bats where on a September night the highest count of migrating bats in the Great Lakes was recorded! Explore our Evangola Nature Center then try the "bat detector" over starlit Lake Erie skies. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Cabins
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Camper Recreation
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations (Accessible)
  • Educational Services * Seasonal nature center.
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • X-Country Skiing