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Status: Open through Sun Sep 06 2015   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Tue Apr 05 2016   Later Dates
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Take the Virtual Tour! - WHETSTONE GULF STATE PARK

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 features wooded campsites, 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, popular for canoeing and stocked with tiger muskie and large-mouth bass for fishermen.


Whetstone Gulf State Park is located in Lewis County, on the border of the Towns of Turin and Martinsburg. The park is on the edge of the Tug Hill Plateau, south of Lowville.


Visitors will enjoy the beach, fishing, hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.


The park offers a beach, campsites (some of which are electric), dumping stations, showers, a nature trail, pavilions, picnic tables, and a playground.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby attractions include Southwick Beach State Park, Pixley Falls State Park, Westcott Beach State Park, Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, and Wellesley Island State Park.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Comfort Station
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dump Station
  • Hot Showers
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Showers
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Launch
  • Canoeing
  • Downhill Skiing
  • First Aid Station
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming - Beach
Alerts and Important Information
Each year the campground makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised, due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited and therefore cannot be a guaranteed activity. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice.

To insure fairness for all NY customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 9-month Maximum Window can not be changed or cancelled until 18 days after the reservation was made.

  • No ATVs allowed in the park. A location is provided for loading and unloading of ATVs and access to ATV trails. ATVs can be on trailers on site but cannot be driven to on/off load. No bikes allowed on trails.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 PM to 7 AM. Generators can be used only from 9 -11 AM and 4 - 7PM.
  • 2 pets per site are permitted in the camping areas only. Pets must have current rabies certificate and be kept on a leash at all times. Animals cannot be left unattended at anytime.
  • Wood, ice, canoe rental and other merchandise are for sale at the toll booth.
  • Looking to reserve for just 1-night? If you make your reservation within 3 days of your arrival you can book a 1-night stay online or through the Call Center. This applies only to campsites.
  • Peak Season: During peak season, a camping party and their equipment may occupy a site for a maximum of 14 continuous days. After which, the camping party and equipment must leave the site and facility for 2 days before registering again for another site.

    IMPORTANT: New York State Parks encourages everyone to be safe outdoors. Please take a few moments to read about the health risks associated with tick bites and some simple steps you can take to safeguard you and your family. http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/04092014Ticks

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    43.69833, -75.48361
    43°41'54"N, 75°29'1"W

    The park is located off Route 26, 6 miles south of Lowville, near the Adirondack Park. 315-376-6630

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    6065 West Road
    LOWVILLE  NY  13367

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (315)376-6630