Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Whetstone Gulf State Park

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Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 56 wooded campsites- some of which are electric, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, one of which circles the gorge. Above the gorge is Whetstone Reservoir, stocked with tiger muskie and large-mouth bass for fishermen, and popular for canoeing.

 

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

  • 2015 Swimming Season: 6/20 - 9/7. 11 am - 7 pm.

    *Update, August 27: Swimming at Whetstone Gulf State Park is temporarily closed. Please contact the park office for a status update before travelling.
  • 2015 Camping/Cabin Season: 5/22 - 9/7
  • Hunting for deer and waterfowl is permitted in season.
  • Shelters: 5/22 - 9/7
  • The park is open from Memorial Day through mid September for the summer season, and from December 15 through March 15 for winter recreation.

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

  • Campsites
  • $15-$27/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

  • Shelter Reservation Fees
  • $70/$55
  • Vehicle Entry 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 - 6/19: 8AM - 4PM
    6/20 - Close: 8AM - 10PM

Maps

Digital Maps

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.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing