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“Robert Moses State Park in Massena, Not Long Island: Great Cabin Stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Robert Moses State Park

Robert Moses State Park
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Massena
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Albany, NY
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“Robert Moses State Park in Massena, Not Long Island: Great Cabin Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

A note of clarification so you understand what I am writing about; this is for Robert Moses State Park in Massena, NY, not the Robert Moses State Park on Long Island. At the time of this writing the vast majority of the reviews for this northern New York location are actually for the NYC area park. This is certainly not surprising as there are two parks of the same name in the state!

This Robert Mosses State Park is located on the outskirts of Massena, New York on the St. Lawrence River. It features a numerous walking trails, excellent campsites, a lakefront beach, marina, and 13 cabins. An added attraction is the proximity to the Eisenhower Lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

We stayed in one of 13 cabins available in the park. The cabins have all kitchens, bedrooms, and so fourth. They do not have heat or air conditioning. They are not available in the winter. You need to bring all your supplies, including linens and such. We were advised that some visitors will bring space heaters in the cool season.

Our cabin was spotless. It was equipped with a nice kitchen, deck with chairs, picnic table, outdoor grill, and a fire pit. On top of that it had a fine view of the lake. It was very comfortable, although the beds had "camp mattresses." That is a polite term for "firm" and covered with vinyl. But, not matter, as we came with out own bed pads, sheets, etc.

Within the park are all sorts of things to do, such as hiking and when the weather is warm great lake swimming (or, so we are told). There are a series of nature trails, too.

One feature that is very cool is that Eisenhower Lock is at the entrance to the park, in fact you have to drive under the lock! That is very strange when there's a ship in the lock. You can see ocean-going and Great Lake-going ships traverse the lock.

Canadian visitors will appreciate the nearness to a border crossing and the St. Lawrence Mall, a BJ's Wholesale Club and a decent sized Hanneford's super market. Unfortunately, we forgot a couple of items, so a quick trip to both BJ's and Hanneford's paid off for us. They are about 3 miles outside of the park. Not too far, not too close, if you know what I mean.

It is pretty clear that lots of people love to camp here during all seasons. Tents and RV's were common, expecially RV's. But if you don't go for that "outdoorsy" stuff try renting a cabin. I believe you will be pleased.

We had a great time, so did our dogs, and we hope to go back.

Visited September 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“large, clean, free and safe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

We drove from Montreal to this location, and we weren't disappointed. We liked that we could include a visit to the mall close by, and Aldi's at the next light, to get some groceries.
This is a wide sandy beach, with trees, lawns and hibachis. There are clean showers and washrooms. There is a lovely spot beyond the beach area with benches for people who would like a serene place to read, chat or just admire the little bay. The beach was very wide and long, and the enclosed swimming area was seriously supervised by a lifeguard. There is shade under a few trees along the top of the beach near the sidewalk, but on a busy day if you'd like to be closer to the water's edge, you would do well to bring a beach umbrella. There are no restaurants on site. There is no parking or admission charge. What a bargain!!!

Visited August 2013
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Morrisonville, New York
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“Great camping experience for all.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013 via mobile

This is our second year in a row renting Cabin 13 for a week. We love the cabins. There is a kitchen, fridge, stove, dining room, living room, and two bedrooms with two twin beds in each. There is plenty of room for our family. There is a great yard for the kids to play, and the river is right behind the cabin. Barnhart beach is a close drive and it is free. The beach is clean and you can rent several things for the beach. We are definitely coming back next year. Our only gripe is that we cannot see the river from cabin 13, if only they would cut the trees down for the great view.

Visited July 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Beautiful park for families”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

This is a great place to come spend the day, there is plenty of parking, clean rest rooms, beautiful beach area, tables, shade, we pack a cooler and spend 10 to 12 hours there each time we go

Visited August 2012
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Massena, New York
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“Tahiti or Bahama in NNY”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

Camping along the shores of the Great St Lawrence River has been revived with a fantastic feature in Massena NY. __Barnhart State Beach looks very much like a sandy beach in the Bahamas. The absence of Tiki Huts might fool you...but the vast open beach with plenty of grassy picnic areas will provide plenty of shade on hot summer day.___ A Pavillion nearby will certainly give any group of families and friends the perfect accomedations in any weather. So pack up your cars and check out the new Bahamas outside of Massena.

Visited August 2012
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