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Peebles Island State Park

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1 Delaware Avenue North
Cohoes, NY 12047
Latitude 42.784298
Longitude -73.680153

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Peebles Island State Park is at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. It offers spectacular river and rapids views for walkers and joggers who take advantage of the miles of paths through the gently rolling and wooded landscape. Picnickers and fishermen come to relax and winter visitors use the facilities to cross-country ski, hike and snowshoe.

Peebles Island is also the headquarters of the Bureau of Historic Sites and Bureau of Historic Preservation Field Services. The staff provide technical services, such as record maintenance, analysis of artifacts, and preparation of publications, exhibits and audio visual programs for the 35 historic sites maintained by State Parks. The Field Services Bureau assists all New York's municipalities and citizens with National Register of Historic Place listings, investment tax credit and review of all state and federal projects.

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, rabies vaccination and proof of same required. Not permitted in buildings.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 295 Waterford, NY 12188

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round.

    The park is open at 6:00 a.m. during striped bass season. Please call the park to verify operating hours.

    Pavilion rentals will begin on February 1st, 2016 on a first-come/first-serve basis. Please call for more information.

  • Walking Trails: Year round.
    Shelter: Mid-May to Mid-Oct.
  • Please Note:
    Bicycles are not permitted on trails.
    Hunting is not permitted.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Shelter
  • Pavillion: $75/day (Electric; Capacity: 80-100)
    + 10x27' room*: Additional $75

    10x20 tent: $50

    *10x27 foot room includes a refrigerator, commercial three-bay sink with hot and cold running water and a long counter with a service window out to the pavilion
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $6
    5/2 - 10/12 Weekends & holidays


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Sun 04 Sep
Poke-Stop Tour
Sunday, September 4, 2016 03:00 PM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 237-8643

Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about each of the Poke-Stops at Peebles Island, learn about "Pokemon habitat" while looking out for real-world wildlife, and learning how to Leave No Trace while visiting the park.


Wed 07 Sep
Pee Wee Naturalist Program
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 10:30 AM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

Come learn about and experience the natural world through story time, crafts, play with other pee-wees, and enjoy the unique environment of Peebles Island. This program is appropriate for children ages 2-5. This program is free and open to the public.

Registration is preferred but not necessary. We will meet in the Pavilion area. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Visitor Center. Please call 518-268-2188 for more information.


Sat 10 Sep
Putting Your Garden to Bed
Saturday, September 10, 2016 11:00 AM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

It won't be long before the season changes, and as a result, gardening practices and requirements will shift and change as well. Have you ever wondered how to put your garden down in the dormant season so in the Spring it will wake up and be ready to go? How does one winterize their garden? "Putting Your Garden to Bed" will cover amending your soil, bulbs, preparing your vegetable and perennial gardens for winter, protecting shrubs and trees, lawns, deer proofing, propagating by seed and division, caring for tools, and more.

Martha (Martie) Teumim has been an Albany County Master Gardener off and on since 1982. During the past several years she has been part of the Cornell-based team which studied climate change and created educational products on the subject. She is a retired English teacher, who now that her girls are grown, lives with her husband and two cats and visits her grandchildren in Rochester as often as she can. Bring your questions, notebook and an inquisitive mind.

Free and open to the public. Registration encouraged but not necessary. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 518-268-2188 for more information. This event will be held rain or shine.

Sun 11 Sep
Tug Boat Chug- 5K Race in Waterford
Sunday, September 11, 2016 10:00 AM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 237-8643

The Town of Waterford will host a 5k running and walking race, The Tug Boat Chug, on Sunday September 11th 2016 at 10am. This race will coincide with the very popular Tugboat Round Up waterfront festival taking place September 9th-11th , 2016, and is also part of a series of events throughout the year celebrating the Town of Waterford's Bicentennial (1816-2016).

The race will begin and end at Erie Canal Lock 2 Park on 5th Avenue in the Village of Waterford. Runners will loop through the village and historic Peebles Island State Park. The fee for entry is $25 until September 10th and will increase to $30 on race day. Race t-shirts are guaranteed to all runners and walkers registered by 12pm on September 1, 2016. Prizes will be awarded to the top finalists in a variety of categories. For more information and/or to register as a runner, walker, or volunteer please visit:

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Sep
Poke-Stop Tour
Sunday, September 11, 2016 03:00 PM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 237-8643

Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about each of the Poke-Stops at Peebles Island, learn about "Pokemon habitat" while looking out for real-world wildlife, and learning how to Leave No Trace while visiting the park.


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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible) * The park has one large pavillion.
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Waterfalls
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing
  • Documents