Onondaga County Parks

Enchanted Beaver Lake


Thursday, October 23 - Sunday, October 26, 2014 • 6:00 - 8:30pm

Please note: Event is COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! If you have not previously purchased a parking pass you will not be admitted to the event.

Over 500 specially carved jack-o-lanterns of different shapes and sizes plus 500 glowing luminaria light the way along two winding, wooded trails greeting participants as they venture through the darkness at the award-winning, Enchanted Beaver Lake. Face painting, fortune telling, magic shows, and storytelling are all a part of this magical experience, one that is truly unique to Central New York. The Friends of Beaver Lake will be selling hotdogs, donuts, caramel apples, popcorn and cider. Please note: Cash only is accepted during the event.

Beaver Lake Nature Center
, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027. Click here for directions.
As an alternate route, we recommend you enter the event from the north...From Syracuse: Take Route 690W (changes to 690N at the Thruway) to the traffic light. Left onto Church Rd. then left onto East Mud Lake Rd.

$3 per person; under 3 free (Admission tickets are purchased at the gate.)

  • The Nature Center will close at 3:30 pm each day of the event. The field parking lot will re-open for Enchanted Beaver Lake at 5:30 pm and admission booths will open at 6 pm.

Parking: $5 per vehicle, advance sale; Event is completely SOLD OUT!

  • Now on sale, Discounted Advance sale parking tickets, which guarantees parking on a specific night. This is a popular program and often sells out, advance purchase of parking passes is highly recommended.
  • Parking passes may be purchased at the Nature Center up until the day of the event, while supplies last.
  • Parking is allowed in the parking lot ONLY and drop-offs at entrance are not permitted.
  • Please note: There are no refunds or exchanges on parking tickets.
  • Pets are not allowed at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Nightly Schedule:

  Assembly Room Gazebo Wildlife Room
Nice Weather      
6:15pm   Magical John Storytelling/Music
6:45pm Cindy Page-Birds of Prey    
7:15pm   Magical John Storytelling/Music
7:45pm Cindy Page-Birds of Prey    
8:15pm   Magical John Storytelling/Music
Too Cold/or Rainy Assembly Room Wildlife Room  
6:15pm Magical John Storytelling/Music  
6:45pm Cindy Page-Birds of Prey    
7:15pm Magical John Storytelling/Music  
7:45pm Cindy Page-Birds of Prey    
8:15pm Magical John Storytelling/Music  
Magical John - Audiences young and old are entertained and amazed by Magical John's many talents,
whether he's producing objects out of thin air, juggling just about anything.

Cindy Page, of the Page Wildlife Center, will have owls and several other birds to show the audience during
her "Birds of Prey" show.

Storytelling/Music - Short, Sweet and Simple feature stories and some interactive musical instruments playing
along with well known "old timey" songs to sing along.

Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest:

Carve a creative, original pumpkin and win $200! Free to enter.
  • Judging will be held on Wednesday, October 22 and all pumpkins will be displayed during Enchanted Beaver Lake.
  • Bring carved pumpkins to the Nature Center on Tuesday, October 21, 8am-6pm.
Contest Rules & Information:
  • Jack-o-lanterns can not be scary. Beaver Lake reserves the right to disqualify any Jack-o-lantern due to inappropriateness.
  • All Jack-o-lanterns must be able to have a candle lit inside, it would be great if you brought a small votive candle, too:)
  • All contest participants must still purchase admission and parking tickets
  • Jack-o-lanterns should be freshly carved when brought in on Tuesday, October 21, so we don't recommend carving before Sunday, October 19.

Sponsored by A. Gregory Sohrweide, D.D.S.

Cash Prizes:
1st Place - $200

2nd Place - $100

3rd Place - $75

4th Place - $50

5th Place - $25

6th Place - $10

7th & 8th Places - $5
Please call 638-2519 if you're interested in helping to carve pumpkins or if you would like to donate a jack-o-lantern.

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.