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Gilbert Lake State Park

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Swimming at Gilbert Lake is closed today 8/24

Address
18 CCC Road
Laurens, NY 13796
Latitude 42.57272
Longitude -75.12817

Geocache Challenge 2016

Gilbert Lake State Park's lake and three ponds lie in wooded, hilly terrain in the foothills of the Catskills. In addition to cabins and campsites, the park has more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails for hikers, skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoers. Playgrounds and a disc golf course, as well as swimming, boat rentals, boating (car top/hard bottom boats) and fishing are also featured.

Gilbert Lake is also home to the New York State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.   

New! Thanks to a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a Hippocampe Beach/All Terrain wheelchair is now available at Gilbert Lake State Park to access beach and trails.

 

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 is open year-round, from dawk to dusk.
  • 2016 Swimming Season:
    5/28/16 - 6/18/16, weekends and holidays, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    6/19/16 - 9/5/16, daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Camping/Cabins:
    135 Campsites, maximum of 6 people/site.
    33 Cabins available; 7-14 day reservation during peak season
    2016 Cabins available:  5/13/16 - 10/9/16
    2016 Camping Season: 5/13/16 - 10/9/16

    Campsites
    Hilltop (sites #1-57): 5/13-10/9
    Deer Run (sites #58-135): 5/13-9/5 

    Reserve through ReserveAmerica at 800-456-CAMP(2267)
  • Boat Rentals (rowboats & kayaks):
    5/28/16 - 6/18/16, weekends and holidays, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    6/19/16 - 9/5/16, daily, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    *Please note that launching is available a short distance from the parking area for personal non-motorized boats.
  • Shelter Rentals: 
    Mid-May to Columbus Day, 9 a.m. - sunset.
    Call park to reserve.

    Briggs Shelter & Kitchen, capacity 60
    Large Shelter, capacity 200
    Beach Shelter, capacity 40

  • Deer hunting permitted, bow only.  Contact the park for details.

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
  • Kayaks:
       - Single:  $10/hour
       - Double:  $15/hour
    Row Boats:  $7/hour 
  • Campsites/Cabins
  • Campsites:
    $15-$27/night
    *Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons


    Cabins:
    Daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
    Cabins: $406 - $540/week
    Additional $28/week for Non-NYS resident patrons
    Additional $7/day for Non-NYS resident patrons

  • Shelter Rentals
  • Beach Shelter (capacity 40):
       - Weekdays:  $75
       - Weekend/Holidays:  $100
    Briggs Shelter and Kitchen (capacity 60):
       - Weekdays:  $125
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $175
    Large Shelter (capacity 200):
       - Weekdays:  $100
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $175
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars:  $7
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee: $35
    Commercial Bus Fee: $75
    Seasonal Bus Permit: $75

Maps

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.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Rentals
  • Cabins (Accessible)
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations * One station available
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • X-Country Skiing