Ontario Beach Park

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4799 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612 [Directions]
[WWW]Ontario Beach Map Monroe County (PDF)
Hours (as of March 2010 1)
Daily: 7:00AM to 11:00PM
585 753 7275 (PARK) [WWW]Monroe County Parks
[WWW]Park Regulations

See all the detailed [WWW]Ontario park info on Monroe County website including information on the playground, restrooms, beach volleyball, fishing, and swimming.

The Park is immediately adjacent to the Port of Rochester and a local recreation and dining business area to create an extended recreational venue with many places to eat and drink within walking distance from the park. These include Abbott's Frozen Custard, Mr. Dominic's, Jose Joe's, as well as many others.

The beach area is also referred to as Charlotte Beach by many locals.

Recent History Note: When the, now defunct, Fast Ferry returned from Toronto, it created a massive wake as it entered the Genesee river. For about 5 to 10 minutes, the beach shores at this park used to erupt with ocean sized waves (2 to 3 foot) which were actually well formed and fun to body surf. When the ferry left the wake was not traveling in the same direction and did not create the same effect.


Ontario Beach Park became a city park in 1930.2


Ontario Beach Park was voted "Best Beach" in City Newspaper's 'Best of Rochester' awards in 2009.3


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2007-04-30 18:01:23   For Information about other parks in the area see AnaVillarrealAnaVillarreal

2005-05-18 07:59:45   Don't plan on swimming at the park. Although it's the only public beach with lifeguards in the area, during most of the summer the beach is shut down because the algae plumes are so bad. The view I've heard espoused most often is that the algae is caused by too much fertilizer leaking into the water. Besides regular homeowners purifying their lawns, two probable culprits are the nearby golf courses, Lakeshore and Durand Eastman. But there's plenty more to do in CharlotteChrisMaj

2007-12-27 12:45:42   I love going to Ontario Beach Park in the summertime. I lay on the beach and read a book, or people watch. There's often volleyball games you can watch or join. I grew up swimming in the lake, so a little algae doesn't bother me. Then you can go have dinner, get some frozen custard and take a walk on the pier. What could be better than that? —SaraChristine

2007-12-27 15:26:54   Fertilizer contributes the algae problem but the main culprit is the pier, which blocks the lake currents and traps the algae. —JasonHaremza

2008-02-29 03:57:38   Wonderful place to swim when they allow it. One of my favorite places to read and picnic. —EllaBeeney

2008-08-11 19:32:21   The link to the park rules is inaccurate. Unlike other city parks, Ontario Beach Park does not allow leashed pets. —TedBrasky

2008-08-11 20:09:43   Rules links fixed to reflect Monroe County webpage, since this is a Monroe County Park. —BradMandell

2008-11-30 16:48:32   We love coming to Ontario Beach Park. It feels like you are somewhere else, another country, place, time... It's unbelievably pretty! How often do you see a wooded park next to a beach? The water looks more like the ocean. Lie on the grass under the trees, watch sailboats float by. Have a barbecue, bring a picnic, Abbotts ice cream,... there's even sushi. It's never too crowded, either. This place is a well kept secret. —FranceScullyOsterman