The Plattsburgh City Beach will officially open for the summer season on May 24, 2024

(PLATTSBURGH, NY – MAY 7 2024) – On Friday, May 24, the City will officially open Plattsburgh City Beach to the public. 

City employees have been working diligently over an eventful spring to allow residents and visitors to enjoy the summer weather. Lifeguards will be on duty during open beach hours: 10AM-6PM, 7 days a week. 

Going to the beach itself remains free. The City charges a flat fee of $13 or a seasonal permit of $60 for the convenience of parking in the immediately adjacent parking lot. City of Plattsburgh residents can obtain a seasonal parking pass for free with proof of residency via the online parking portal. This year, Town of Plattsburgh residents are being offered a discounted beach seasonal pass for $30 that can be purchased via the online parking portal system with proof of residency. 

The Northern overflow parking lot continues to remain free, and everyone is welcome to drop off their passengers and gear before utilizing this parking area. The beach is also accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. 

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2024 Beach Pass Guidelines 

  • Starting Wednesday May 8, beach parking permits can be obtained online by visiting
  • Residents of the City of Plattsburgh may park for free at the beach by obtaining a beach parking permit via the City’s online permit portal system. 
  • Residents of the Town of Plattsburgh follow the same link and process, and simply choose “Plattsburgh Town Resident Seasonal Permit 2024” for purchase. 
  • Residents must provide valid proof of residency along with their permit application to obtain their free beach permit. Proof of residency must be in the form of: A signed lease in the applicant’s name for an address within either the City; or A utility bill in the applicant’s name dated within the last three (3) months at an address within either the City. 
  • A maximum of two free parking permits for City residents will be issued per household. Non-residents can obtain a seasonal beach permit via the same online permit portal for a cost of $60. 
  • Vehicles can also park at the beach for a flat $13 daily fee. Payment of the daily fee can be made at one of the beach’s four parking kiosks or via the ParkMobile app using zone #72007. 
  • No physical permits will be issued and those who have received email confirmation via the permit portal that their 2024 beach permits have been approved do not need to display a physical permit on or within their vehicle. 
  • The City’s parking enforcement officers will use license plates to validate that a permit has been issued for that vehicle or that the daily fee has been paid. 

Access to the beach grounds remains free for all but those parking in the immediately adjacent beach lot must either pay the daily fee, purchase a seasonal permit, or submit proof of residency sufficient to qualify for a free seasonal permit. 

“This year, like years past, we’re excited to open our City beautiful and to welcome residents and visitors. With hosting the eclipse at this site, a lot of the cleaning and beach prep work was chipped away at ahead of schedule thanks to our dedicated team. This is always an exciting time of the year as it marks the beginning of our summer season,” says City of Plattsburgh Mayor, Christopher Rosenquest. 

2024 Summer Events at the Beach 

The beach will host many family friendly and fun events this summer. 

  • On Sunday, May 25, the 2nd annual Lake City Running Festival will kick off the beach opening. This festival offers a half marathon, relay, 10K and 5K race. For more information visit
  • On Saturday, July 6, the beach will host one of Plattsburgh's biggest celebrations of the year: the annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival! Organized by the Sunrise Rotary of Plattsburgh, this year’s festival will feature a sailing regatta, cornhole tournament, kayak paddle tour, kids games and activities, food trucks, live music, and much more! 
  • The Annual East Coast Watercross Tournament returns to the City beach on August 3rd and 4th. During this two-day event, some of the very best Personal Watercraft athletes will be competing in Closed Course and Freestyle events on Lake Champlain. More events will be advertised in the coming months. 

Be sure to visit for the most up to date information. 

Residents interested in hosting an event at the beach can submit their event details at: 

All information about the City Beach, obtaining beach permits and the parking kiosk systems can be found on the City’s website at