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Deep Run Beach

Admission Fee

Entrance is free


To promote all patron’s enjoyment of Deep Run Park and Swim Beach please be aware of:
 •No tobacco use in the Park or on the Beach
 •Open alcoholic beverage containers and consumption of alcohol is permitted in the grass picnic area of the Park only
 •The Park is a carry in/carry out Park
 •No disorderly conduct or public intoxication
 •No animals in the Park with the exception of trained service animals
 •No motorized vehicles on the Beach
 •No glass containers on the Beach
 •Non-swimmers must be accompanied in the water by an adult
 •No diapered infants permitted to bathe in park waters
 •Coast Guard Approved PFDs ONLY
 •No Boating, Waterskiing or Paddleboards
 •No Bathing at night or during Electrical Thunderstorms 
 •No diving from platforms
 •All patrons must comply with Lifeguard directions
 •Swimming is prohibited when Lifeguards not on duty
 •NYS Department of Health allows no more than 125 patrons in the Park at one time
 •Park is closed from 9pm to 9am

Park History

The parks known as Ontario Beach Park and Deep Run Park became county parks by accident. Both had been used by the public for decades prior to becoming county property in 1969. The state claimed that both parks consisted of parts of the right-of-way of state route 364 (East Lake Rd.). In addition, the Town of Gorham also claimed a right of way that predated the movement of route 364. An adjacent landowner also claimed a portion of the park. That person even tried to block public use of the informal park by erecting a short-lived chain link fence across the north end of the area. The Daily Messenger published a story on February 27, 1967 reporting that “The Ontario County Board of Supervisors has tentative plans to develop a lakefront property known as Deep Run into a county park at some time in the future. However, there have been several complications regarding title to the land…” It took several years to clear the title to both parks with the state insisting that they be cleared together.

In practical terms, both stretches of park were created when the East Lake RoadOld Highway Bridge was moved a few feet to the east, taking it away from the lake shore. In the underbrush at the north end of Deep Run Park you can still see the old highway bridge (picture to the right) that once carried traffic over the stream that gives the park its name. Deep Run was a popular picnic area early in the Twentieth Century and a popular dance hall was built there. In 1937, Canandaigua Supervisor, Alfred H. Dewey, proposed that Ontario County purchase land for a county park at Deep Run. While the Supervisors appropriated $1000 for the lakeshore property, the actual sale was never completed. For many years, into the early 1960s, people who wanted to wash their cars would simply drive them across the shale beach into the lake up the hub caps and clean their vehicles!

Work on a real county park finally began in October, 1970. Over the years, a lawn area has been planted on the formerly barren beach and life guards have been hired each season. A bathhouse with sanitary facilities was added in 1979. A favorite beach for families with small children, there is an 80 foot drop-off about 150 yards out.

Park Description

Deep Run Park  Deep Run Park    

                                                                  View from the South

Deep Run Beach, located on East Lake Road just outside of Canandaigua, is a Carry In/Carry Out park available for picnicking and swimming from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Only service animals are allowed but due to DOH regulations, NO animals are permitted in the water.  There are 8 picnic tables, grills, restrooms available for public use, and lifeguards on duty from 10:00am - 9:00pm