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Hempstead Lake State Park

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Lakeside Dr.
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Latitude 40.682314001199998
Longitude -73.642421507799995

Summer Nature Programs

Hempstead Lake State Park is a multi use facility. Included are 20 tennis courts, children's playgrounds, basketball courts, bridle trails for horse back riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand carved wooden carousel. There is a picnic pavilion available for large parties. In addition to a pavilion rented through the Permit Department, Hempstead offers rental of the Carousel party-room done in-house at the park.  For a rental fee of $350.00 for a three hour event, guests are also offered unlimited carousel rides during their event.

There are three ponds that are accessible for fishing. On Hempstead Lake, the largest lake in Nassau County, you are permitted to use car top boats with an annual permit issued from the Park.  McDonald Pond, South Pond and Hempstead Lake are stocked with trout in the fall and you may target trout year-round. Other species present include large mouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, perch, tiger muskies, carp and sunfish.

Find out more on picnic pavilion reservations and see photos of Hemp Pavilion.

Dogs only. Access in dog-walk area only, on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in camping, bathing and picnic areas. Not allowed in buildings or on walkways.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round. Sunrise to Sunset.
  • 2016 Tennis Tournament: 7/1 - 9/1. Registration fee collected 5/1-6/30.
    Contact Park Office for information and registration form: (516) 766-1029.
  • Boat Permit: Sold in park office. Boat and life jacket must be inspected. Please call for appointment: (516) 766-1029
  • Carousel and Gift Shop: 4/2 - 10/10, Saturdays, Sundays and weekends.

    4/2 - 5/22: 12pm-6pm
    5/28 - 9/5: 12pm 7pm
    9/10 - 10/10: 12pm-6pm

    Carousel Pavilion Building party room rentals for: Birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, etc. Contact Park Office: (516) 766-1029.
  • Fishing: Available year round. Valid NY State fishing license required for patrons 16 yrs. or older.
  • Picnicking: Year round, sunrise to sunset. Permit required for groups of 50 or more. No fee for permit.
  • Tennis: All weather courts: Available year round.
    4/18 - 5/27: 8am - Sunset, Daily
    5/28 - 9/5: 8am - Sunset (M - F) and 7 am - Sunset (SS & holidays)
    9/6 - 11/8: 8am - Sunset, Daily
  • Tennis: All weather courts: Available year round.
    Clay Courts - Available 4/18 - 11/8, Weather permitting.
    Courts close at sunset.

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.

  • Boat Permit
  • $50
  • Carousel
  • $2 per ride
  • Metal Detecting
  • By Permit Only $40
  • Model Boat
  • $40 by permit only
  • Picnicking
  • Special permit required for Pavilion rental.
    -Weekends/Holidays: $250
    -Weekdays: $200
  • Tennis
  • $6 per hour
  • Tennis (Clay)
  • $8 per hour
  • Tennis Tournament
  • Singles: $12
    Doubles: $15
    Registration Fee Collected 6/1 - 6/30.
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    2016 Collection Times:
    4/2 - 5/22: 8am-4pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/28 - 9/5: 8am-4pm, weekdays; 7am-6pm, weekends & holidays;
    9/10 - 10/10: 8 am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays.


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Fri 01 Jul
Annual Open Tennis Tournament
Friday, July 1, 2016 until Tuesday, September 6, 2016 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

This year's program will run from Friday, July 1 through Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 4-8pm. Registration will begin on May 1 and continue until June 30 or until the 384 maximum participants is reached. Applications can be submitted in person at the Park Office in Field 2 at Hempstead Lake State Park daily or by mail to: Tennis Tournament, Hempstead Lake State Park, P. O. Box 66, West Hempstead, NY 11552. Applications are available at the park or can be downloaded at

The tournament is open to all ages and ability levels. All entries must be made using the official entry form and be submitted with payment and a signed mandatory release form. Checks should be made payable to the Natural Heritage Trust-Long Island. The fees are $12 for singles and $15 for doubles teams. The entry fee also entitles the participant to a tournament t-shirt. Sizes are guaranteed for those who apply before June 15, 2016.

Trophies will be given to the first place and second place finishers in the following divisions: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. USLTA approved balls must be supplied by the participants.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 Aug
Wet & Wild
Saturday, August 27, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(631) 581-1072

What's living below the surface? Visit the pond's edge to explore life in and around this amazing habitat. Dress for wading, bring sunscreen, a towel and water shoes. (No bare feet permitted).

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Sep
The Trails Less Traveled
Saturday, September 3, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(631) 581-1072

Join us for a hike at Hempstead Lake for one of our year-round series hiking "the trails less traveled". Hikes average 3-4 miles. Good hiking shoes and water are recommended.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Sep
Turtle Time
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

Join us for nature program fun at Hempstead Lake!

Sun 25 Sep
Amazing Monarchs
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

Join us for nature program fun at Hempstead Lake!

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Bridle Path
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Tennis (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing