Friends of Beaver Lake is a  non profit 501 c(3) support group for Onondaga County Park’s Beaver Lake Nature Center.  Since 1980 the Friends of Beaver Lake have provided essential financial and volunteer support to the Nature Center, ensuring the best possible experience for each visitor.  The Friends mission is to enhance, complement, support and generally aid in the fulfillment of Beaver Lake’s programs.  Through membership, an opportunity exists for everyone to become part of this effort.
Beaver Lake Nature Center offers 9 miles of trails and over 400 annual programs. A rich mix of habitats creates the possibility of seeing more than 200 species of birds and over 800 varieties of plants.
The Center also features winding trails that are designed to be enjoyed in all seasons.  Walking paths, ski trails and canoe routes all lead visitors to encounters with nature.  Too often life’s challenges separate each of us from our natural roots.  Beaver Lake provides an opportunity to bridge that gap.  It’s a place where everyone can hone their appreciation and understand the natural world.
Open from 7:30am until 5:00 pm.

Visitor Center

Beaver Lake Nature Center closes at 5 pm (no admittance after 4:30 pm) and the restrooms close one hour before. Open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Due to COVID restrictions the Visitor Center is not open.

The Nature Center has 8 different hiking trails.  The trails are bark chipped, with three of the trails having sections with boardwalks.  As with any hiking trail, expect uneven terrain, roots, and depending on the weather, muddy or icy conditions.

Please be mindful of others and of wildlife. Always yield to the nature observer.

***Please walk, never run, by another visitor.***

***Please Note***
Pets, biking, fishing, collecting, and fires (including bbq and gas grills) are NOT permitted.

Please make sure you have a mask with you at all times.  Masks are required when passing another visitor on the trails, when entering the restrooms, or when you cannot social distance.

$5 per car
$25 per bus

When visiting the Nature Center, entrance is through the main gate on East Mud Lake Road and parking is permitted only in Nature Center’s parking lots (not on surrounding roads).


During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties.  Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks.  Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.