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.


Click on the tabs above to discover more about this fascinating coastal environment, including it's flora and fauna, the trails and boat routes available, and how you can help protect this area. If you are interested in educational activities, check out the Dune Fun pages and the Activities for Learning More pages. For more technical information about the dunes and wetlands, visit the reference pages and the publications pages. Enjoy your visit!!



Eastern Lake Ontario Photomonitoring site
has been updated with 2005 photos.

Now available as a PDF files

Monitoring Recreational Use in the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland Area - Report

Eastern Lake Ontario Beach User Survey Results - 2003/2004

This site has been developed by the New York Sea Grant Extension Program in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and The Ontario Dune Coalition to provide resources for those wishing to learn more about this unique system and its use and management

For additional information on the eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands contact:

Mary Penney
Eastern Lake Ontario Dune/Salmon River

Steward Coordinator
New York Sea Grant Extension Program