High Water Swallows Up State Park Beaches

High Water Swallows Up State Park Beaches

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The beach at Grass Point State Park in the town of Orleans is under water.

It's all because of high water levels on the St. Lawrence River.

"The sand is under water in some places right now; our launch ramps are experiencing some high waters," said Thousand Islands State Parks Regional Director Peyton Taylor.

High water has damaged many of the state parks that have water near it.

At Wescott Beach State Park in the town of Henderson, its beaches have eroded.

"There's a lot of wind and wave action, there's a lot of sort of mechanical energy that's kind of causing the water to pile up on the shoreline and it chews into that - to the beaches and kind of pulls that sand away from the beach," said Taylor.

State park beaches officially open for swimming June 24 and officials say they're still planning to offer swimming at this point.

The high water has also shut down some boat launches, but the one at Keewaydin State Park in Alexandria Bay is still open.

However, boaters will not be able to buy gas from state park marinas for now. Park officials have turned the gas lines off.

"There's water in a lot of those lines and in those systems so it's hard for us to...we can't operate the gas right now," said Taylor.

For state parks, not only are beaches flooded, some camp sites are too.

Officials say it's just another example of how the high waters are affecting the start of the tourism season.

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