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.
Schodack Island State Park has an Environmental Educator on staff several months out of the year, who is trained in Project WILD, Growing Up WILD, Flying WILD, WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands, and Project Learning Tree. Environmental Education programming can be tailored to meet your New York State curriculum needs, from pre-school through high school, even offering college internships. Park staff are eager to work with scouts, school groups, homeschoolers, and others on environmental education programming. Contact the Park Office for more information.
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.
Join bird experts from the Audubon Society of the Capital Region for a family-friendly introduction to the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count. On this outdoor foray, beginning birders will learn all about the Count's history, methodology and contribution to conservation science. Schodack Island State Park is well positioned for open-water winter bird specialties such as Bald Eagle and Great Black Backed Gull, large and common residents which even novices can easily identify. Oh, you'll learn plenty of cool dickey-birds, too! Afterwards, field parties will re-group at the pavilion to compare notes and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and coffee. Please call the Park Office at 518-732-0187 by c.o.b. December 14 to register or for more information. In case of inclement weather, this program may be cancelled. If in doubt, please call the Park office or consult www.capitalregionaudubon.org. The Schodack park property falls within Audubon's Albany County Count circle, which Count teams will more formally census on Sunday, December 18.
Start the new year with a breath of fresh air! Join the Friends of Schodack Island State Park at the Eagle's Nest Pavilion at 1pm. The hike will be about five miles long, and will go to the Ice Chimney remains and back. Dress appropriately, and bring a snack!
Join a nationwide citizen science tradition, as well as bird experts and enthusiasts from the Audubon Society of the Capital Region to conduct a survey of bald eagles overwintering at and around Schodack Island State Park. Meet at the Riverview Pavilion at 10am and enjoy free coffee and donuts before the day's activity.
Join bird experts from the Audubon Society of the Capital Region for a family-friendly introduction to the Great Backyard Bird Count. On this outdoor foray, beginning birders will learn all about the Count's history, methodology and contribution to conservation science, and learn how to conduct a bird count in their own backyard. Afterwards, field parties will re-group at the pavilion to compare notes and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and coffee. Please call the Park Office at 518-732-0187 by c.o.b. February 15 to register or for more information. In case of inclement weather, this program may be cancelled. If in doubt, please call the Park office or consult www.capitalregionaudubon.org. For more information about the count, go to www.gbbc.birdcount.org
"There is incredible beauty in nature: from magnificent birds, flowers and landscapes to the tiniest insects. Suitable for all levels of photographers with a variety of equipment, this program covers the basic elements of nature photography including light, composition, and focus, and we discuss how these elements apply to close-ups, landscapes, and wildlife photography. We also cover aspects of simple editing, and where to photograph nature in upstate NY. Along the way we illustrate our points with some of our favorite photos of the beauty of nature." – Naturelogues
Denise Hackert-Stoner will give the first of two sessions on Friday night, with the second on Sunday afternoon. The first session will cover basics, and during the second session, students can have their work critiqued and receive feedback on how to better their skills. The Park will offer photo-printing services for a fee over the course of the weekend. There will be no program fee for guests who are camping Friday and Saturday night at Schodack Island State Park, however; for non-campers, there will be a $10 fee for the first session, and a $5 fee for the second session. Visit Naturelogues online at www.naturelogues.com.