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Robert G. Wehle State Park

Robert G. Wehle State Park
Robert G. Wehle State Park is located in New York
Location of Robert G. Wehle State Park within New York State
Type State park
Location 5182 State Park Road
Henderson, New York[1]
Nearest city Watertown, New York
Coordinates
Area 1,067 acres (4.32 km2)[2]
Created 2004 (2004)[2]
Operated by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors 75,842 (in 2014)[3]
Open All year
Website Robert G. Wehle State Park

Robert G. Wehle State Park is a 1,067-acre (4.32 km2) New York state park on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario in the town of Henderson in Jefferson County, New York, United States.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Park facilities 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Between 1895 and 1947, the property was used by the United States Armed Forces as a training grounds, and was known as the Stony Point Rifle Range. Remnants of the site's military history are still visible at the park today.[2]

The property was purchased in 1947 by Rochester car dealer Thomas Nagle and Genesee Brewing Company owner Louis A. Wehle for use as a Hereford cattle ranch.[4] Louis Wehle's son, Robert G. Wehle, acquired the property in 1968. Robert G. Wehle was an avid conservationist, sculptor and breeder of English pointers who used the property as a summer home and kennel.[5] Prior to his death in 2002, he arranged for the property to be sold to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, who opened the park to the public in 2004.[2]

Park facilities

The park features trails for hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. Facilities for tennis and volleyball are also available. Hunting is permitted in limited areas of the park.[2] Approximately 17,000 feet (5,200 m) of Lake Ontario shoreline is accessible within the park.[6]

Several buildings, including Wehle's former summer home and studio, are available as short-term rentals.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. "Robert G. Wehle State Park - Getting There". Nysparks.com. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (November 17, 2010). "Final Master Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement For Robert G. Wehle State Park" (PDF). Nysparks.com. pp. 6–7. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Lake, Timothy W. (2012). Images of America: Henderson Harbor and Henderson. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 65–66. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Robert Wehle, Owner of Many Stallion Shares, Dies". Bloodhorse.com. August 1, 2002. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. "Robert G. Wehle State Park". Nysparks.com. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 

External links

  • New York State Parks - Robert G. Wehle State Park
  • Robert G. Wehle State Park Trail Map


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