Located in the scenic Schoharie Valley, Mine Kill State Park overlooks the NY Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. Providing good fishing opportunities, the lower reservoir is stocked with trout and walleye, and has several other species, including bass and is ideal for motor boating, kayaking and water skiing.
Minekill State Park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost to anyone. Swim lessons are taught in the summer months--please contact the park office for details. Other warm weather activities include hiking and mountain biking on the parks 8 miles of trails. The park also hosts sessions of the Headwaters Soccer Camp in its regulation sized athletic fields. League play is also welcome.
Cascading 80 feet through a narrow gorge is the picturesque Mine Kill Falls for which the park is named. A separate parking area, 1/4 miles south of the parks' main entrance, provides access to the overlook viewing platforms, as well as the Long Path hiking trail to the lower falls and beyond. In winter, visitors enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
A boating permit is no longer needed to access the Blenheim-Gilboa Lower Reservoir at Mine Kill State Park. Every boater is required to wash their boat using the park's hot water boat wash station before and after entering the reservoir, and sign in at the park office or ticket booth. The boat launch is open from 7:30 am to 6pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and from 7:30am to 3pm during May and September. For more information, please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690.
In the fall bow hunting for deer is allowed by permit only. Hunting permits are issued by the New York Power Authority via a lottery system. Please call the Power Authority Visitor Center for more details.
Have you ever played disc golf?
If not, come out to Mine Kill State Park to learn all about this incredibly popular sport! Disc golf is very similar to traditional golf, with each player starting from a tee area in order to reach a target in the fewest strokes possible. However, disc golfers use a variety of plastic discs instead of a ball and clubs, and try to get the disc to land in an elevated metal basket called a "pole-hole." Both driving and putting discs may be rented at the Mine Kill pool office with a $5 deposit/$1 fee per disc. A variety of discs, golf bags, towels and other great gear may be purchased at the brand new MKDGC Pro Shop located at the park office. The first hole begins next to the pool parking area in the open ball field. Please sign the register at the information kiosk and pick up a scorecard for whichever layout you decide to play.
Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, rabies vaccination and proof of same required. Not permitted in buildings or bathing areas.
2016 Swimming Season: 6/25 - 9/5, 10 am - 6 pm, daily
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.
Mid-Level Pavilion: $50/day
Tent (20' x 20') - North of pool: $25/day
Tent (20' x 20') - South of pool: $25/day
Tent (20' x 20') - Lower level: $25/day
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Highlights of Mine Kill State Park:
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Ask a Naturalist!
Q: When is the best time for deer to shed their horns so that they can be collected?
A: According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, male deer usually produce their first set of antlers at one year of age. Antler size generally increases with age, although genetics, food quality and health play important roles as well. Bucks shed their antlers in the winter following the rut. Usually when the last snow thaws and before leaves and underbrush bud in the spring is the most ideal time to scavenge for shed antlers.
Q: What is "HWA" and how did it arrive at Mine Kill State Park?
A: "HWA" stands for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an aphid-like insect native to Asia that was originally identified in Virginia in the 1950's. HWA has since spread virtually unharmed throughout Eastern Hemlock groves up and down the east coast, and continues to pose a terrible threat to one of the most important tree species of the eastern hardwood forest. HWA was originally identified at Mine Kill in 2011 and fortunately, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has developed a mitigation system to help save the majority of the park's afflicted hemlocks from the invasive pest.
Did You Know?
- DID YOU KNOW? Mine Kill State Park and the Schoharie Valley boast one of the highest nesting bald eagle populations in New York State. Take a hike along one of the many trails within the park and you'll be sure to catch a glimpse of our national bird.
- DID YOU KNOW? The Schoharie Creek is home to the oldest tree fossils in the world. These prehistoric plants discovered along the banks of the creek in 1850 date back to the Devonian Period, when an inland sea existed here approximately 380 million years ago.
Bow hunting for deer is permitted at Mine Kill State Park. Mine Kill's hunting program is administered by the New York Power Authority. NYPA issues a maximum of 100 permits to licensed bow hunters who have completed the shooting competency portion of the bow hunter education process.
At Mine Kill, hunters can hunt outside of the developed park grounds and on acres of NYPA managed property; hunters must park in designated parking areas – described in detail to hunters when they receive their permit from NYPA. To inquire about getting a bow hunting permit, please contact the New York Power Authority at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center by calling: 518-827-6121.
Come join us at Mine Kill State Park Preserve in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.
Project 1: Trail Maintenance. Groups will split up and help to clear winter debris from several popular trails at the park.
Project 2: Mine Kill Disc Golf Course. Volunteers will spruce up the 18-hole disc golf course for a tournament the following weekend. Clear tee pads, put down grass seed and remove fallen branches.
Project 3: Mine Kill Falls Trash Clean-Up. Remember to bring gloves and a buddy for this terrific volunteer opportunity. Don't forget to bring a phone or camera to take photos at the falls!
Contact event coordinator Mike Fagerstrom for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org