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Connetquot River State Park Preserve

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Aerial spraying of the pesticide Gypcheck will take place at /Bethpage/ Heckscher / Connetquot River/ State Park on Friday, May 20, 2016, beginning at sunrise. This helicopter spraying will be limited to forest areas infested with gypsy moths. This spraying will last no more than 4-hours. Access to affected areas will be restricted. It is expected those areas impacted will be reopened in the afternoon. Public notification will occur at all park entrance locations and the area to be sprayed will be posted as well. This spraying is occurring due to extremely heavy infestations of gypsy moths. If the trees are left untreated, it will cause significant defoliation and will cause further decline in the health of the trees, possibly killing them.

Address
Box 505
Oakdale, NY 11769
Latitude 40.748135
Longitude -73.152435

Connetquot River State Park Preserve maintains 3,473 acres of land and water for the protection and propagation of game birds, fish and animals. Deer and waterfowl are numerous, rare nesting birds, including the osprey, are present and there are numerous rare plants, and other interesting flora, such as trailing arbutus and pink lady's slipper in their natural habitats. The preserve also has 50 miles of hiking, horseback riding, cross-country ski and nature trails, as well as fishing (by permit only) on the Connetquot River.

Spring Nature Programs

For Schools: Environmental Education Programs

Youth Programs available

The Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center is home to the Regional Environmental Education Team of environmental educators. Schools, youth organizations and special interest groups can make arrangements for interpretive programs and hikes at any of the State Parks on Long Island by calling this office. In addition to group hikes there are Fun for Kids Activities, Family Adventure Programs and Adult Ed-ventures for the general public run at several State Parks.

*To receive information on programs via email, sign up for Long Island State Park & Nature's  electronic mailing list here.

No Pets Allowed

Hours of Operation

  • Open Wednesdays - Sundays, year round. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
  • Parking: Available year round. Vehicle Use Fee in effect Wednesdays - Sundays, 8 am - 4 pm.
  • Environmental Programs closed Mondays year-round.
    Tiny Tots program held every other Tuesday.
    4/1 - 9/30
    10/1 - 3/31 - Environmental program closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
  • Fly Fishing Season: 2/1 - 10/15. (Session Times: 8 am - 12 pm & 12 pm - 4 pm.)
    Trout Fishing Permits required in addition to valid NYS freshwater fishing license.
    *Catch and release ONLY. No kill, no possession.
  • Fly Fishing: Group Outing Program: Upon request only.

    Group outing request forms available at park office or upon request. Minimum group size required. Valid NYS Fishing License required. Must provide fly fishing equipment as specified.
  • Horse Trailer Parking: Available all year. 8 am - 4 pm.
  • Cross Country Skiing: Available in the winter season when conditions permit.

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.

  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • $4 per adult
    $3 per child (3-17 yrs.)
  • Fly Fishing
  • $20 per 4 hour session
  • Fly Fishing: Group Outing Program
  • $20 per person (4hr session)
    Minimum of 20 people per group
  • Horseback Riding
  • $50 yearly permit & $10 day riding permit
  • House Tours
  • $4 per adult
    $3 per child
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses (By permit only) $75

Maps

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Tue 31 May
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Trees are Terrific
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Children ages 3 -5.

Held on Tuesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

April 5th (3/22) All About Eggs
April 19th (4/5) Seeds of Spring
May 3rd (4/19) Mother Nature's Day
May 17th (5/3) Home Tweet Home
May 31st (5/17) Trees are Terrific
June 14th (5/31) Fun with Fish
June 28th (6/14) Hooray for Herps

Please register by date in paranthesis.

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

Registration: Required
Sun 05 Jun
South Side Sportsmen’s Club Historic House Tours
Sunday, June 5, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen's Club that now make up Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

First and Third Sunday of Each Month

Sunday, April 3rd
Sunday, April 17th
Sunday, May 1st
Sunday, May 15th
Sunday, June 5th
Sunday, June 19th

Tours run continuously. Each tour is about 45 minutes long.

Please arrive any time between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

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

Fri 10 Jun
Bat Safari
Friday, June 10, 2016 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Enter the mysterious world of these misunderstood animals! Enjoy fun indoor activities that separate myths from reality. As the sun goes down, we will take an outdoor walk around the buildings to observe bats as they begin their evening hunt.

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

Registration: Required
Sun 12 Jun
Ladies Tea
Sunday, June 12, 2016 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 567-1072

Come celebrate the past and support the future of Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Enjoy tea, muffins, scones, cupcakes and fabulous raffle prizes. A Hat is Mandatory! $30 Fee. All money raised goes towards preservation of Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

Registration: Required
Tue 14 Jun
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Fun with Fish
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts.

Children ages 3 -5.

Held on Tuesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

April 5th (3/22) All About Eggs
April 19th (4/5) Seeds of Spring
May 3rd (4/19) Mother Nature's Day
May 17th (5/3) Home Tweet Home
May 31st (5/17) Trees are Terrific
June 14th (5/31) Fun with Fish
June 28th (6/14) Hooray for Herps

Please register by date in paranthesis.

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

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • Gift Shop
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Nature Trails
  • Activities
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing