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Green Lakes State Park

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7900 Green Lakes Road
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Latitude 43.039238
Longitude -75.966187

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Green Lakes State Park's outstanding features are its two glacial lakes surrounded by upland forest. Both Round and Green Lakes are meromictic lakes, which means that there is no fall and spring mixing of surface and bottom waters. Such lakes have a high potential for evidence of ancient plant and animal life. Another special feature of the park is the 18-hole Green Lakes State Park Golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, where visitors can snowshoe in winter, and there are 15 miles of trails that cross-country skiers can use.

New! Thanks to a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a Hippocampe Beach/All Terrain wheelchair is now available at Green Lakes State Park to access beach and trails. The wheelchair is available for use at no charge on a first come, first serve basis from 11am-7pm. Please check with the lifeguards at the beach for availability.   

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in the bathing areas.

Hours of Operation

  • Park open year-round from dawn to dusk.
  • 2016 Swimming Season:
    5/28/16 - 9/5/16, daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • 2016 Camping/Cabins:
    Campsites - 145 campsites, maximum of 6 people/site.
    Cabins - 7 cabins (Minimum age of 21 required for rentals)
    Camping Season:  5/13/16 - 10/9/16
    Cabins available:  5/13/16 - 10/9/16 (cabins 1 and 8 are under construction)

    Please Note:  Pine Woods Campground is under construction and scheduled to open July 1, 2016.

    Reserve through ReserveAmerica:  800-456-2267

  • Boat House: Rowboat and kayak rentals available.

    5/28/16 - 9/5/16 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. weather permitting

    Due top the sensitive nature of the lake, no outside/private boats allowed.

  • Fishing: Only on Green Lake outside of swimming area. No fishing on Round Lake.  No outside boats or watercraft allowed.

  • Golf:  April 1 to November 13 (weather permitting).
    Please call pro-shop at 315-637-4653 for hours of operation.
  • Nature Center: 
    Nature Center may be under construction, but activities will continue throughout the park. Please stop by the Park Office or visit the Green Lakes Facebook page for current schedule of activities.
  • Park Office Hours:   Sunday thru Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

  • Beach/Swimming
  • Included in day use/vehicle entry fee
  • Boat Rentals
  • Rowboats:  $7/hour
  • Cabins (7)
  • Cabins rented from Saturday to Saturday during peak season*, 7 or 14 days ONLY
    $406-$434 per week
    daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge

    $9.00 Service Fee
    Additional $28/week for non-NYS residents
    Additional $7/night for non-NYS residents
    *Peak season - normally 4th Saturday in June until Saturday before Labor Day weekend

    *Minimum age of 21 required for rentals
  • Campsites
  • $18-$36/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents
  • Golf
  • 9 hole Weekdays:  $18
    9 hole Weekends/Holidays:  $20
    18 hole Weekdays:  $26
    18 hole Weekends/Holidays:  $30

    Jr/Sr 9 hole:  $11
    Jr/Sr 18 hole:  $17
       *Jr/Sr rates apply on weekdays and after 1 p.m. on weekends

    Twilight 18 hole (after 6 pm):  $14
       *During June, July & August

    2016 Spring/Fall Specials:
    Before 5/21 and after 9/11, 18 Hole Greens Fee:  $20

    Links card:  10 rounds for the price of 8
       *Available to golfers paying full fee only

    In-Season Specials:  Please call Pro-shop at (315) 637-4653
  • Shelter Rentals
  • Community Room (capacity 40):
       - Weekdays:  $125
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $200
    Old Administration Building (capacity 70):
       - Weekdays:  $200
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $300
    Reserve Shelter (capacity 100):
       - Weekdays:  $75
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $150
    Tulip Hill Shelter (capacity 25):
       - Weekdays:  $50
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $75
  • Snowshoeing
  • $2/hour or $10/day
    Must stay within the park.
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars:  $8
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee:  $35
    Commercial Bus Fee:  $75
    Seasonal Bus Permit:  $75


Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Key BCA Criteria:

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

The Green Lakes BCA is located within Green Lakes State Park. The BCA is unique in that it contains significant tracts of both mature forest and grassland habitat, providing habitat for an unusually diverse suite of bird species. The grasslands within BCA represent the largest concentration of grassland habitat in the New York State Park system. Grassland-breeding species include Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Mature forest birds include Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and American Redstart.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Go Birding with the Green Lakes Bird Checklist

Fri 29 Jul
S'mores and Stars
Friday, July 29, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Join us for a chance to learn about the night sky and view it through specialized telescopes. Meet at the Reserve Shelter ball field for a campfire and s'mores. At 8pm local astronomer Barefoot Bob will teach us all about the night sky.

If it is cloudy/rainy, the backup date will be Saturday July 30th. This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Sun 31 Jul
Campfire Cooking
Sunday, July 31, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Learn how to make some tasty treats over the campfire at the Shelter. Choose the 11am or 2pm session.

Register at or by calling 315-637-6111. Supplies are limited. 

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee!

Registration: Required
Fri 05 Aug
Recycled Paper Making
Friday, August 5, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Learn to make paper out of old paper and clothing at the Community Room! Visit the Community Room anytime between 10am and 3pm. Materials are provided but you may bring in something special for your homemade paper.

This event is FREE with your park entrance fee.

Sun 07 Aug
Perfect Pals Petting Zoo
Sunday, August 7, 2016 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Come pet, feed, and learn about a variety of animals!  Meet at the Community Room for a presentation and games with the critters! Children 7 and under meet from 12p-1p. Children 8+ meet from 1:30pm-2:30pm

This event is FREE with park entrance fee.

Fri 12 Aug
Night Disk Golf
Friday, August 12, 2016 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Play our disc golf course lit by glow lights and tiki torches! Meet at the Reserve Ball Field/Disc Golf Course and bring your own Frisbee! Come anytime between 8:00pm-10:00pm keeping in mind that it takes about 30 minutes to play through the course.

Call the park office with questions: 315-637-6111 This event is FREE!

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Did You Know? The park's glacial lakes were formed at the end of the last ice age - about 15,000 years ago!

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Rentals
  • Cabins
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations
  • Food
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing