Point Breeze, NY
Lat: 43° 22.455 Long: 078° 11.518
Point Breeze, also known as Oak Orchard, is a beautiful river harbor and village located mid-way between Olcott and Rochester. Oak Orchard Creek is well-known to fishermen as one of the top dozen or so fishing rivers on the Great Lakes. The harbor is an excellent safe harbor in foul weather. The surrounding area is rural in nature and it is a perfect location to rest and plain relax.
Point Breeze harbor lies at the mouth of the Oak Orchard Creek. There is a 555' / 160 M breakwater located 250' / 76 m north of the mouth of the river. The entrance can be hard to see but 2 notable landmarks are a water treatment plant to the west of the harbor mouth and 2 silos on the east side (both charted). The breakwall itself is marked with 3 WHITE flashing lights - Q Fl, Fl and Q Fl. The piers that lead into the channel are marked with a Fl RED on the west ride and a Fl GREEN on the east side.
Once clear of the piers, the channel follows Oak Orchard Creek upstream where the shoreline is home to 3 marinas and a yacht club. The yacht club is located south of the Lake Ontario State Parkway. The charted clearance is 54 ft (16.45 m). There is a second span bridge about another .84 nm upstream with a charted clearance of 8 ft (2.43 m).. This marks the limit of navigation of the river. If you go upstream, it is very important that you stick to the marked channel as the water gets very skinny here - 1' in places!
MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES
Four C's Marina (585) 682-4224 VHF 16
Four C's is located on the east side of the river, about .2 nm upstream on your port side. This is a a full-service marina with approximately 1/2 dozen transient slips available. There is fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pump-out station.There is water and power available dockside. Repair and maintenance services are available for engines, fiberglass and canvas. There is a travel lift. There are restrooms,and showers available. There is internet service. There is a small ship's store that stocks marine hardware, charts, and cleaning supplies. Amenities include picnic and BBQ areas, an on-site cafe as well as a lodge and cottages.
Lake Breeze Marina (585)-682-3995 VHF 16
Lake Breeze Marina is located next door to Four C's Marina. This is a full-service marina. It has 44 slips with transient docking on an as-available basis. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and pump-out station. Repair and maintence work can be carried out on engines, mechanical and electrical systems as well as fiberglass and hull repairs and canvas work. There is a travel lift. There are restrooms and showers. Other amenities include picnic areas, BBQ grills and a ship's store that stocks engine and hardware parts, cleaning supplies and snacks.
Orleans County Marine Park (585) 589-3187
Orleans County Marine Park is located up the river on the port side, near the interstate bridges. It has approximately 75 slips with 15 designated for transient sailors. There is no fuel dock or pump-out station. Water and power are available. There are washrooms and showers. The grounds are large and there is ample room for picnics and BBQ's. There is a childrens' play area as well.
Oak Orchard Yacht Club (585) 682-9793
OOYC has 48 slips and can accomodate transient sailors on an 'as-available' basis. When no slips are available, the club permits rafting. There is no fuel dock or pump-out station. Water and power are available. The clubhouse has restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There are picnic areas and BBQ grills. There is also a childrens' play area.
Wiley's Riverside Marina (585)682-4552
Located across the river from OOYC, this small marina has about 1/2 dozen slips available for transient sailors. There is no fuel dock or pump-out station. There is water and power at the slips. A mechanic is on duty most weekends. There are restrooms and showers available. The grounds have picnic areas and BBQ grills. There is internet service.
Point Breeze Yacht Club
PBYC is located at Orleans County Marine Park, which is situated south on Oak Orchard Creek approximately .6 nm under the highway bridge. There are two transient docking spaces availble to on a reciprocal basis. The marina is a well-protected hrbor from storms and winds from all directions. The club has picnic grounds and BBQ grills available.
REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's
Four C's Marina can carry out repairs and maintenance. (see above)
Lake Breeze Marina can carry our repairs and maintenance (see above)
Basic provisions can be purchased at Narby's Superette
There is an ATM machine at Narby's Superette. Medina Savings and Loan is located about 1 mi / 2 km south of the harbor.
Nearby Albion, NY (9 mi/15 km south) has larger grocery stores.
The nearest hospital to Point Breeze is Lakeside Memorial Hospital, located in Albion, NY, about 9 mi/14 km south.
The nearest pharmacy is Rite-Aid, located in Albion, NY, about 9 mi/14 km south.
PLACES TO EAT
The Black North Inn has been serving guests sine 1857. Their menu is typical roadhouse fare. There are slips available for diners. There is an outside deck overlooking the river and the place is popular with locals and visitors alike.
Cool Breeze In (Yep - that's the correct spelling!) is located on the east side of the river. It opens early for breakfast and is quite popular with fishermen.
Four C's Cafe, located at Four C's Marina, has both inside seating and an outdoor, covered patio. The menu is casual tending towards staples such as burgers, hot dogs, etc.
Oak Orchard Yacht Club has a dining room overlooking the river. It is open Fridays and Saturdays and has a licensed, outdoor deck.
THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT
Point Breeze is well-known as a fishing mecca. Fishing is very good offshore (think salmon and lake trout) and upstream as well, especially for rainbow trout and bass.
Generally speaking, Point Breeze / Oak Orchard is a place to relax. Traveling outside the immediate area is difficult unless you have bicycles aboard. A quick look at this Point Breeze tourism site will give you many ideas on getting the most of your visit.
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