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Lake Taghkanic State Park

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Lake Taghkanic State Park, nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia County, offers a wonderful variety of recreational activities. The park has tent and trailer campsites and cabin and cottage lodging facilities. Large trucks, RVs and campers can enter from the Route 82 entrance. The park also features two beaches, picnic areas, boat launch sites, rowboat, paddleboat and kayak rentals, playgrounds, sports playing fields, a rentable pavilion, as well as a newly renovated recreation hall and showers. In addition, the park has hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, hunting, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Ice skating and ice fishing are permitted when conditions are appropriate. Please call the park office at (518) 851-3631 to check ice thickness.

There are four Vacation Rental Cottages that have the amenities of home. The units are outfitted with a bathroom with toilet and shower, a kitchen with hot and cold running water, refrigerator, stove, microwave, cooking and eating utensils, enclosed/screened-in back porch facing the water, a picnic table and fire ring. Lake Taghkanic accepts Camping Gift Cards from Reserve America. The Camping and Cabins Information & Rates brochure provides prices and locations on campgrounds, cabins and cottages as well as how to reserve on Reserve America.

Lake Taghkanic State Park Brochure

Don't miss these attractions within the park

  • Boat Shop-rent boats, paddleboats and/or kayaks
  • Playgrounds-playground areas are located on both the west and east sides of the lake!
  • Snack/Souvenir Shop-great summer fare for hungry swimmers!  Select merchandise for sale.
  • Campground Store-buy camping supplies, like ice, snacks and firewood or souvenirs, such as T-shirts. Consult the brochure for store hours.
  • Rec Hall-camping with a group of people and want space for a large gathering? Contact the park office to rent out this hall for $50.
  • Picnic Pavilion-located in parking lot E, close to the lake. The pavilion can be rented out for $50/day or $60/day if electricity is needed.

Don't miss these popular State Parks and Historic Sites within a 45 minute drive of the park:

  • Taconic State Park- featuring two areas (Copake Falls and Rudd Pond) this park contains challenging hiking trails, access to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and Bash Bish Falls, a swimming area, as well as the historic Copake Iron Works.
  • Olana State Historic Site- the artist-designed home and landscape of Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church, perched on a dramatic hilltop outside the City of Hudson.
  • Clermont State Historic Site- the elegant home of seven generations of the Livingston family, including Founding Father Robert R. "Chancellor" Livingston.
  • Need more places to visit? Visit www.travelhudsonvalley.com or www.columbiacountytourism.org for information about the area around Lake Taghkanic!

 

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

No dogs allowed in the park, except in parking lots, along roadways and on marked trails.

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open year round sunrise to sunset, except from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the park is open 8 am to sunset.

  • 2016 Camping Season: 5/6 - 10/15

    Campsites, cabins & cottages. Reservations made through Reserve America - call 1-800-456-CAMP.
  • Boat Permits: Weekly and season permits are available;

    Boat Rentals: Rowboats, canoes, paddleboats & kayaks;

    Boat storage also available.
  • Day Use Activities: Seasonal.
    Playing fields, Nature Center, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling and XC Skiing.
  • Hunting: Seasonal/DEC rules and regulations apply. Large game; turkey - bow only.
  • Picnicking & Picnic Pavilion: Available 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
  • $8

    Collected:
    5/28 - 6/24, weekends & holidays
    6/25 - 9/5, daily
  • Camping
  • Campsites:
    $15-$22/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

    Raised Deck Platform Campsite (14’x16’):
    $18/night; Sun – Thurs.
    $22/night; Fri, Sat & Sun/Holiday

    Trailers/RVs (up to 20’):
    $15/night Sun – Thurs
    $19/night Fri, Sat & Sun/Holiday
    $8/night Additional Vehicles (more than 2 at a site)

    Cabins:
    daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
    $412-$700, weekly

    Cottages:
    $110 - $157.00/night; $440-$630/week

    Full-Service Cottages:
    Cottage 157: $180/night; $720/week
    Cottage 158: $195/night; $780/week
    Cottage 167: $180/night; $720/week
    Cottage 171: $190/night; $750/week
  • Camping/Cabins
  • $9 Reservation fee - online/phone
    $2.75 Reservation fee- walkup
    $9 Cancellation/Change
  • Boating
  • All Boat Rentals: $40.00 cash deposit/ $10.00 hour
    Permit Fees: $30/season; $10/week
    Boat Storage: $10/season
  • Non-NYS Resident Surcharge
  • Camping: $5 per night
    Cabins: $7 per night/$28 per week 
  • Pavilion Rental
  • $50/day or $60/day with electric

    Rec Hall Rental - $50/day

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.

In the years 1928-29 the Taconic State Park Commission considered the suitability of Lake Charlotte for park purposes. This lake was given to the Commission together with some uplands by D. McRa Livingston providing the lake be renamed Taghkanic. In 1933, with the advent of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a camp was established and with the appointment of capable carpenters and masons to oversee the work, members of the CCC built the East Beach bathhouse, the beach, camping and cabin area and the water tower.

Today, two spacious beaches, the East Beach and the West Beach, with fully equipped bathing facilities, secluded picnic areas, informal game areas, and boat rentals for rowing or fishing, round out a day's stay at Lake Taghkanic State Park.

Hunting is permitted in the park by means of bow and arrow only. No firearms are allowed. Park permit is required.

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Did You Know? Large Mouth Bass weighing over 6 pounds have been caught in the lake.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches (Accessible)
  • Boat Rentals (Accessible)
  • Cabins (Accessible)
  • Camper Assistance Program (Accessible)
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites (Accessible)
  • Cottages (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills (Accessible)
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing