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Welcome to Porter, NY


Porter is a town in the northwestern corner of Niagara County, bordered on two sides by water (Lake Ontario to the north and the Niagara River to the west). To the east is the town of Wilson, and to the south is Lewiston. Porter includes the well-known historic village of Youngstown and the hamlet of Ransomville. Major attractions here include Old Fort Niagara and the Ransomville Speedway. Here you’re a quick drive from Niagara Falls, one of the great tourist attractions in the United States.


Porter and Youngstown have a few small stores. For most shopping, options are just a short drive away. For groceries, Lewiston has two Top’s Friendly Markets stores (on Center Street and on Cayuga Street). Both are about 8 miles south of Youngstown. The closest Wegmans supermarket is on Military Road in Niagara Falls, about 15 miles south. Niagara Falls is your best bet for retail shopping too. The city has a Walmart Supercenter, a Kmart, Marshalls, Dollar General and others, mostly on Military Road. Niagara Falls, Canada also has loads of places to shop, sightsee and eat – but crossing the bridge to and from Canada can often take some time (and require official documents like a passport or an enhanced New York State driver’s license).

Recreation & Entertainment

Ransomville Speedway is a racetrack just northwest of the hamlet of Ransomville. Youngstown’s main attraction is the historic Old Fort Niagara. With its lakeside setting, Porter has state parks like Four Mile Creek for camping, boating and fishing. Wilson Tuscarora State Park is about 12 miles east of Youngstown, and Olcott Beach Carousel, an old-fashioned small amusement park, is 19 miles east.

Transportation & Traffic

Route 18 runs east-west across the northern end of Porter. The Robert Moses State Parkway is a major north-south highway.

Pros & Cons

With its historic setting on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara River, there’s a lot to like about Porter and Youngstown. History buffs and tourists love Old Fort Niagara. Outdoor types love the boating and fishing in the area. Plus, you’re close to Niagara Falls and to Canada.