The sand dunes along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario are an integral part of a coastal barrier environment that consists of beaches, sand dunes, embayments and wetlands. This barrier system, which extends for roughly 17 miles, contains the largest and most extensive freshwater sand dune formations in New York State. Discover more about this fascinating coastal environment, including it's flora and fauna, public trails and boat routes, and how you can help protect this area.
Visit the Dunes!
The Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Area offer many recreational opportunities for kayakers, canoeists, birdwatchers and others. The ELODWA is comprised of six recreational areas that are open to the public for recreational use: two state parks, three wildlife management areas (WMAs) and one beach preserve. Numerous ELODWA guidebooks and maps are available with information on the recreational use of this area, which can be found on this website or partnering websites. Links below can provide information about the different areas that are available for public use.