City Beach

The Plattsburgh City Beach is OPEN from Friday May 27th through Monday September 5th.

Lifeguards on duty daily from 10AM to 6PM.

Daily Parking Rate: $12.00 (pay at kiosks located in parking lot)

Seasonal Passes Available to purchase by CLICKING HERE

For a step-by-step guide on how to get a season pass CLICK HERE

Beach Passes for Town and City Residents - available starting June 3rd 2022

The form can be downloaded here.

Instructions on how to apply for a beach pass (Town and City residents only) 

  1. Complete Beach Pass Application (either online or print the form and fill out).
  2. Collect documents: Driver's License, and Vehicle Registration. A current utility bill is also required if other documentation contains a PO address or an old address.
  3. Residents of the City of Plattsburgh go to City Clerk Office, residents of Town of Plattsburgh go to Town Clerk office. (Office hours below)
  4. Please note only 2 passes will be issued per household.

City Clerk Hours for Pick Up: Thursday & Friday 8:30AM - 4:00PM

City Beach hours for Pick up: Daily from 10am to 2pm - available from the office in the vendor building.

Town Residents please check the Town of Plattsburgh website for current hours.

Beach Facilities and Vendors

  • Bath house with showers located at the south end of the beach 
  • Cabana Beach Bar
  • Beach 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.

Information on Water Quality Testing

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.

Communication Protocol for Beach Closures

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.