Visitor Checklist

Follow these suggestions to have the best eclipse viewing experience.  This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and you must consider your and your family’s specific needs (such as seniors, children, etc.)

Before you travel

  • Sign up for Smart911.  Smart911.com or download the app for iOS or iPhone.  It will help us help you in the event of an emergency.
  • If you don’t have one already, download an app to monitor the weather.
  • Download the Wayne County Eclipse pdf.  It contains a map with layers for gas stations, charging stations, restaurants, etc. along with other information.
  • Have a specific place to stay - Either a hotel room, campsite or other lodging.  Beyond the classics (Expedia, etc.) there are also Airbnb, Vrbo, booking.com, hipcamp, and hopper.
  • Make sure you pack for cold weather. During this time of year, there is always a chance for snow, heavy rains and thunderstorms.
  • During the second week of April, the average morning temperature is 40 degrees, peaking at 49 degrees at 3:30 PM. During the total eclipse, the temperature will drop 10 degrees.
  • Purchase your supplies early.  Bring an ample supply of
    • Food for the duration of your planned stay.
    • Bring plenty of water, about a gallon per person per day for the duration of your stay.
    • Medicines
    • Warm clothes
    • Extra sneakers and socks in case your feet get wet.
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellant
    • Chairs
    • Camera
    • Snacks
    • Eclipse viewing glasses (Be careful of counterfeits,)
    • Disinfectant supplies
    • Personal products
    • Pet supplies
    • Toilet Paper
    • Garbage bags
  • Pregnant women and people with medical conditions should make sure they're viewing the eclipse near a hospital or urgent care or first aid station in the event of an emergency.
  • If you are a person with disabilities, you take any necessary additional steps to plan for both your needs and that of your service animal.
  • Have a family communications plan and emergency meeting place should you get separated and are unable to call one another. One great tip is to pick an out-of-town family member that everyone calls to check in with should an emergency occur and you are separated (use someone from out-of-town since long-distance phone circuits are different than local phone circuits, which typically get overloaded during a large event). When cell networks are overloaded, you have a better chance of sending a text message than making a voice phone call.
  • Pack activities to keep your children entertained before and after.
  • Have some extra cash.  The overload of cell towers and other technology may slow or stop credit and debit purchases for extended periods of time.
  • Plan a specific destination for viewing off the roadway, possibly from a park or other reserved location.  No one should pull over on the side of the road to view the eclipse. Please do not park on the shoulder of any roadway.  Parking along right of way creates a number of hazards.  The shoulder may be the only viable path for emergency response vehicles if congestion is as bad as anticipated.

The day of the eclipse (or when you get to Wayne County if you arrive early)

  • Top off your gas tank or recharge your vehicle.
  • If you have an emergency, Wayne County is a Text-to-911 County.  Call if you can, text if you can’t.  Cell towers may be overloaded and text may work where voice will not.
  • Monitor the weather.
  • Farm fields may be winter wheat.  Visitors should not drive or walk on a winter wheat field to avoid crop damage
  • Visitors in rural areas may have difficulty finding shelter and should familiarize themselves with their surroundings.
  • Restroom facilities will be at a premium. Pick a viewing location with appropriate facilities.
  • For anyone boating on Lake Ontario, Sheriff Milby said the Sheriff’s Office is reminding boaters to check their navigation lighting, which will need to be lit during the total eclipse.
  • Be mindful of the potential for vision damage
    • The only way to safely view a solar eclipse is to do so using specially constructed “eclipse glasses.”
    • You should not attempt to observe the Sun, or solar eclipses, for that matter by looking at a reflection, whether from water surface or anything else.
    • Totality can be viewed safely with the naked eye, but only if you are in the path of totality.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Make a weekend out of it! Come early / stay late.  Enjoy Wayne County, watch the NCAA Men’s Div 1 Basketball final.
  • Drink plenty of water – even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Public Viewing Locations include:
    • Chimney Bluffs State Park
    • Sodus Point Park
    • Camp Beachwood State Park
    • B Foreman County Park
  • Sheriff’s Boat Launch is closed to the public

When you are ready to leave:

  • If you take it in, please take it out (garbage)
  • Don’t be in a rush afterwards.  Be prepared for extended traffic delays.
  • You should be familiar with departure routes, favoring routes that have stoplights when crossing east-west highways (especially Route 104.) With the anticipated traffic congestion, it will be difficult to get on a main highway from a secondary road.
  • Thousands of visitors may create traffic gridlock at some critical intersections and interchanges, please be patient.