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Schodack Island State Park

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Address
1 Schodack Island Way
Schodack Landing, NY 12156
Latitude 42.517994
Longitude -73.759697

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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).

Public Meeting Notice: 2/1/16

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

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 7Schodack Landing, NY 12156

Hours of Operation

  • Seasons/Hours: The park is open year round.
  • Camping open from mid-April - December
  • Picnicking/Hiking/Fishing/Biking: Year round.
    Biking: Limited.
    Pavilion Rental: May - Oct. (Electric and water hook-up available.
    Tent Rental: May - Oct. (Electric hook-up available.)
    Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing: During winter season.
  • Comfort Station and Contact Station open year round.

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.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Mid-April to mid-October: Cars $6 on weekends and holidays
  • Rentals
  • 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"

  • Campsites
  • $15-27/per night

    *$5 nightly fee for non-NYS residents
  • Dry Slip Boat Permit
  • $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

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.

Sat 01 Oct
Fall Fest
Saturday, October 1, 2016 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Fall Fest will be on Saturday, October 1 from 11am-5pm. We'll have local vendors, interactive kids' activities, live music, food, fun times, and a great view of the Hudson River. Admission is free, but the $6 parking fee applies – be sure to car-pool. Reserve your campsite now! More details will be forthcoming

Fri 07 Oct
Open Mic Night
Friday, October 7, 2016 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Friday Night Open Mic 6-9 weather permitting, now through Columbus Day. All types of acts are welcome as long as they are family friendly.

Fri 14 Oct
Annual Haunted Hayride
Friday, October 14, 2016 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

The hayride will circle the new Riverside Loop, and through the woods on the Bike Trail. Goblins and scary ghouls will pop out without notice, making this a good time for the strong-hearted. Schodack Landing Fire Department will be serving food at a modest price, and there will be music, and other attractions. Event is free. Reserve your campsite now!

Fri 19 May
Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to Nature Photography – Part One
Friday, May 19, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

"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.  

Sun 21 May
Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to Nature Photography – Part Two
Sunday, May 21, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

"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.  

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches (Accessible) * Canoe/kayak launch access varies with the tide. Please check the tide chart for high tide times.
  • Campsites
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking (Accessible)
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking (Accessible)
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing Trails (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing