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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 30 Jun
Birds of Prey
Thursday, June 30, 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 better understanding and appreciation of these magnificent hunting birds. Lawn chairs recommended.  
Sat 02 Jul
Fun Fact Walk
Saturday, July 2, 2016 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Jacques Cartier State Park
(315) 375-6371

Come meet park staff member Jon Gardner at the Cooked Creek trail head located on the park office road. Jon will be leading a short interpretive walk for all ages along Crooked Creek to take a look at some of the interesting local trees and shrubs that grow in the park. Dress for trail walking. Water and insect repellent recommended. Duration approximately 1.5 hours.


Thu 07 Jul
Learn to Fish
Thursday, July 7, 2016 07:00 PM
Jacques Cartier State Park
(315) 375-6371

Fishing with kids on the shore of the St. Lawrence river is a fun and rewarding family activity. Come learn how and get started today. Local fishing guide Greg Mintz will be teaching basic fishing skills for children 6 to 9 years of age. The program is designed for those with little to no experience. Each young fishermen will develop their skill though a series of instructional games. Once the basics are covered, the program will conclude with some shore line fishing. Program will begin at the beach house.Participants are required to  sign up and be accompanied  by an adult. All fishing equipment is provided. Outdoor clothing and footwear that can get wet are suggested. To sign up call the office at 315-375-6371.
Registration: Required
Fri 08 Jul
Aquatic Exploration
Friday, July 8, 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, 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.
Wed 13 Jul
Meet the Turtles
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 10:00 AM
Jacques Cartier State Park
(315) 375-6371

The St. Lawrence river valley is home to numerous species of reptiles .Come meet and examine one group we know as turtles with the staff from the Massena Nature Center. Participants can examine many props including turtle shells and bones. This hands on learning experience will include the use of live turtles. Program will be held rain or shine at the park beach house.

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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