Schodack Island State Park sits off the eastern shore of the Hudson River just south of Albany. Approximately seven miles of Hudson River and Schodack Creek shoreline bound the 1,052-acre site. The park has been designated a State Estuary, and a portion of the park shelters a Bird Conservation Area (BCA) that is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees. Eight miles of multi-use trails wind through a variety of ecological communities. In addition, the park has 66 campsites for use, an improved bike trail, volleyball nets, horseshoe and a kayak/canoe launch site. Interpretive signage highlights the park's historic and environmental significance. Picnicking (tables and grills) are available to groups by reservation (fee - call park for details).
Pets: Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, proof of rabies vaccination required. Not permitted in buildings
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.
Pavilion $125: Water Electric 100+ people
Riverview Pavilion $25 15+ people
Event Tent (30 x 30) $75 Electric 50+ people
Event Tent (20 x 30) $50 35+ people
Trash removal option: $6 per bag-Checks made out to "Schodack Island NHT"
$175 for the season from - May 1st to Columbus Day
Or $ 50 per month if available.
Winter Dry Slip: $225 for season mid-October-mid-April
New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.
Key BCA Criteria:
- Wading bird concentration site
- Species at risk site
The Schodack Island BCA is a peninsula in the tidal portion of the Hudson River, within Schodack Island State Park. The BCA's trails, old roadways, abandoned farms, rights of way, forest openings, and varying topography have created an interspersion of habitats, which in turn has led to a widespread distribution and abundance of birds. Cerulean Warbler and Bald Eagle are key species here, and a Great Blue Heron rookery on the island contains about 50 nests. The western side of the Island, along the Hudson River shoreline, is predominately floodplain forest, and is of particular importance in regard to its use by eagles. The habitats along the Schodack Creek and Muitzes Kill are particularly diverse. The BCA is within a Department of State (DOS) Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat and a DOS Significant Scenic Area. The BCA boundaries are coincident with the designated Hudson River Estuarine Sanctuary boundaries.
The site supports a breeding population of Cerulean Warbler (special concern) with 13 singing males counted in 1997. The area has been used by the species since at least 1965. Bald Eagle (threatened) regularly use the area for roosting and foraging, especially in winter. Osprey (special concern) also roost and forage in the area. There is a Great Blue Heron breeding colony that supports about 50 nests each year.
Download a copy of the BCA map.
All persons hunting within the boundaries of Schodack Island State Park must have a valid NYS hunting license, archery license, muzzle loading license and/or turkey permit as required by Environmental Conservation Law. A special permit, issued by Schodack Island State Park, is also required. Permits can be obtained at the park office at no charge.
Rifles of any caliber or handgun of any type is strictly prohibited. Muzzle loader or shotgun only. Bow hunting in designated areas. DMU permit areas are 4K north of the overhead bridges and 4T south of the overhead bridges. Hunting within 500 feet of any building or road is strictly prohibited. No structures of any kind. Tree stands must be climber style or lock on. All tree stands must be removed daily.
Hunters must display colored parking pass on dashboard when parked. Hunters must display laminated hunting permit card to any park employee or officer. A sign in/sign out sheet will be in place outside of the park office. Hunters are required to sign in and out each day and record any game taken.
Gates will open one hour prior to sunrise for hunters and one hour after sunset for big game only. For small game hunting the park will return to our normal winter hours of 7 am to 4:30 pm.
All hunting ends February 28th. Park hours are displayed throughout the park.
*Please note: Hunting is not permitted within 500 feet of any building, road, playground, or parking lot, and all trails are considered safety zones where hunting is not allowed.
Come join us at Schodack Island State Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.
Project 1: Landscape improvements, including flower planting, tree planting and cutting out bittersweet.
Project 2: Picnic table assembly. Possible work on a bird blind (staining and painting).
Project 3: Survey forest for evidence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) which is now present in the park. This involves identifying and documenting ash trees showing signs of infestation and damage caused by the EAB beetle
Contact event coordinator Karen Kaufmann for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org