This year, Grafton Lakes State Park will hold its first annual Learn-to-Swim program. Learn-to-Swim is a statewide program that will teach more than 1000 children across the state to swim for free this summer season. The program, for children age 5 years through 12 years, is available in two sessions:
The first from July 7th through July 18th, and the second session from July 21st through August 1st.
Registration is required, as space is limited.
Register by July 4th for Session 1 and by July 18th for Session 2 by calling Melissa Miller or Laura Weir at 518-279-1155. Read more.
The Third Annual Geocache Challenge will begin Memorial Day and continue through Veterans Day 2014, with prizes at 16 parks and historic sites within the Saratoga-Capital District Region. Please see the flyer for details. Download the 2014 Geocache Challenge Passport here.
Grafton Lakes State Park, on the forested plateau between the Taconic and Hudson Valleys, includes six ponds and nearly 2500 acres. Long Pond has a large, sandy beach, which is a popular summer attraction. Anglers can go after rainbow and brown trout in Long, Second and Shaver Pond. Pickerel, perch, and bass are abundant in all ponds including Mill Pond and walleye are found at the Martin-Durham Reservoir. All ponds have launch facilities for canoes, sailboats and rowboats, electric boat are allowed. Visitors also picnic, walk the nature trails, and hike, bike or ride horses along the 25 miles of park trails.
In winter, the trails are groomed for snowmobilers, and visitors may also snowshoe, cross-country ski, ice skate or ice fish when conditions permit, call for details.
The Shaver Pond Nature Center occasionally hosts nature programs and quarterly meetings for the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park. It is located at: 194 Shaver Pond Rd. Grafton NY 12082