Keuka Lake State Park
Located on the north end of Keuka Lake’s western branch, Keuka Lake State Park is popular with visitors for its stunning views of the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. The park, measuring in at 621 acres, is a year-round haven for hikers, anglers, hunters, and cross-country skiers. Featuring numerous campsites, pavilions, playgrounds, and boat launches, the park also has a lifeguarded swimming beach and a sheltered picnic area. Visitors also have the chance to see the Beddoe-Rose Family Cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent, or rent the entire pavilion for a private function.
Keuka Lake State Park is open year-round, as are the boat launches. The park’s 148 campsites are available for $18-$30 per night from May-October, with an additional $5 nightly charge for out-of-state residents. Swimming season runs from June through Labor Day Weekend, and there are transient marina slips available for a low nightly rate as well. Vehicle entry fees are charged from mid-May to mid-October, which is $7 per car or between $35-$75 for buses. The park also accepts New York State’s Empire Pass, which provides access to most of the state’s parks and conservation areas.
Lying in close proximity to Branchport and Keuka College, the park is best known for its trails that provide views of Keuka Lake’s unique Y-shape from atop the bluff. Dotted with scenery of blooming vineyards, crystal waters, and rolling hills, Keuka Lake State Park, located at 3560 Pepper Road in Bluff Point, won’t disappoint (especially during the fall!). For more information, visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/67/details.aspx or call (315) 536-3666.