City Beach

2024 SEASON - The Plattsburgh City Beach is OPEN starting on Friday, May 24th of Memorial Day Weekend through Monday, September 2nd following the September Labor Day Weekend.

  • Lifeguards on duty daily from 10AM to 6PM.

  • Daily Parking Rate: $13.00 (pay at kiosks located in parking lot or via ParkMobile App using zone #72007)

  • Seasonal Beach Parking Passes Available to purchase by CLICKING HERE

  • For a step-by-step guide on how to get a seasonal beach parking pass CLICK HERE

Beach Parking Passes for City Residents ONLINE ONLY

  • Parking in the beach parking lot is FREE for City of Plattsburgh residents with a valid Beach Parking Permit.

  • Obtain a pass by CLICKING HERE. Passes are only available online and will not be issued at City Hall, Town Hall or The City Beach. 

  • Please follow instructions on the online permit portal to obtain a beach pass.

  • Town of Plattsburgh residents please purchase a discounted seasonal beach pass available to purchase by CLICKING HERE

City Beach Information

  • Bath house with showers located at the south end of the beach 
  • Cabana Beach Bar - serving alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, snacks and ice cream!
  • Stage for community events and performances 
  • Food trucks that have obtained a City Food Truck permit are permitted to park in one of four designated parking spots at the City Beach. These spots on available daily on a first come first serve basis.

The City conducts different types of testing to help understand river and lake water quality to protect public health and the environment. Most of the tests are microbiological and include periodic bacteria samples from the beach to make sure it meets Department of Health standards, wastewater treatment plant effluent to ensure disinfection is effective, river and lake bacterial sampling post heavy rainfall, and drinking water systems for bacterial and chlorine to ensure drinking water is effectively disinfected. 

City Beach Water Testing Per protocols prescribed by the Clinton County Health Department, City staff test the water quality at the city beach every two weeks throughout the duration of the beach being open to the public (May-September). Results can take up to three days. Regardless of any reports of harmful contaminants and/or associated closures of nearby beaches, daily observations at the City’s beach are made by City staff for algae blooms, storm run-off, or other unnatural changes in the water quality. If something concerning is observed, City Staff will contact CCHD, CCHD staff will conduct an onsite assessment, and, if suspected harmful algae or other hazardous contaminants are observed, CCHD will instruct the City to close the beach to all swimming until subsequent water testing confirms that the contaminant is no longer present.

In the event that the beach needs to be closed for a water quality related issue or any other reason, the City will post an alert on the city’s website ( The City will also issue a press release and post an announcement on its social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). 

Residents should always check the City’s website for the most up to date information regarding closures and updates. Residents are able to sign up for an email notification whenever alerts are posted by clicking on the “login” button underneath the search bar on the website’s Home Page. Residents can also call the Community Development office at 518-563-7642 between the hours of Mon-Fri from 8AM to 4PM to speak with City Staff.