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What's happening at Beaver Lake Nature Center?

Canoeing & Kayaking

Beaver Lake is open for canoeing and kayaking from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Sept. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 3. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely, self-guided paddle across Beaver Lake, exploring the lake's edge and searching for beaver lodges, turtles, herons and osprey. Canoe rental: $8 per hour, $2 for each additional half-hour. Rental is on a first-come basis.

Personal instruction for both canoes and kayaks is available upon request at $25 per vessel; call ahead to schedule. Since Beaver Lake Nature Center reserves the right to close the lake at any time, especially during hazardous weather, please call for current information.

Camp Beaver Lake

This summer at Beaver Lake Nature Center, children can spend a week immersed in the natural world at Camp Beaver Lake, learning new things about nature in the park's 660-acre "classroom." Campers will hike, explore, canoe, observe, create natural crafts and play nature-related outdoor games. Camp Beaver Lake is available for children who have just completed kindergarten through seventh grades; see the County Parks website for information on the weeks available for specific grades. A full day of camp (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is $175 per child; a half day of camp (9 a.m. to noon) is $90 per child. Pre- and post-camp supervision is available for a fee; registration required.

Walk 100 Miles

Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes visitors to sign up for our popular walking program that rewards the completion of walking 100, 200, 300 or 1,000 miles. This ongoing program helps motivate walkers to get out into the peaceful woods to reach exercise or stress-relief goals. After registering, participants receive a logbook in which to stamp the date after each walk and keep track of mileage covered. There is no time limit, as Walk 100 Miles is an ongoing program. Upon completing a goal, walkers will be rewarded with a commemorative T-shirt, with a different design for each of the four goals. There is a $5 program fee.

Beaver Lake Nature Center is an Onondaga County Park located at 8477 East Mud Lake Road, four miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370.

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