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Dunkirk - Point Gratiot, New York

General Description / Location

The City of Dunkirk is the first major city along the Lake Erie shoreline west of Buffalo. The area covered by this site is the headland to the west of the harbor called Point Gratiot, and contains Dunkirk Beach, a U.S. Coast Guard Naval Reserve Station and Historic Light House and Point Gratiot Park, a major City park (Dunkirk USGS Topo Map).

Characteristics

Beginning on the east flank of the headland, Dunkirk Beach is a wide, predominantly sand fillet beach fronting and just west of the power plant. The beach then tapers off to the west and bedrock becomes exposed at the waterline toward and around the Point proper. The bedrock is primarily limestones and shales and is highly jointed and fractured. This bedrock is overlain by till deposits approximately 5-10m in thickness. Around the west side of the headland, Point Gratiot park contains low bluffs fronted by a wide, sandy beach

 

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Point Gratiot Park
Park Drive on Point Gratiot
Shoreline of Lake Erie Walkway within park

Courtesy of Olivia Arditi

Courtesy of Olivia Arditi
Description
Point Gratiot Park is 60.0 acre city owned developed park in the City of Dunkirk in Chautauqua County Map. (Dunkirk City list of parks)