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Belmont Lake State Park

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Address
Southern State Parkway Exit 38
North Babylon, NY 11703
Latitude 40.734316
Longitude -73.338525

Spring Nature Programs

Belmont Lake State Park, located in West Babylon is a 463-acre day use park bisected by Carll's Creek and Belmont Lake. The park, established in 1926 had been owned by August Belmont and served as farmland for some of Belmont's equestrian activities. Robert Moses chose this park to establish the regional headquarters for all state parks on Long Island in 1935, which serves the public today for region-wide permit sales, park administration and as headquarters for the New York State Park Police.

The park is primarily visited by families seeking outdoor gatherings, picnics, and informal sports activities. It provides a bucolic feeling adjacent to the Southern State Parkway at exit 38 among densely developed neighborhoods. Carll's Creek stretches 4.2 miles south to the Great South Bay with a trail for hiking and biking. Horseback riding is available through the nearby Babylon Riding Center (for information contact 631-587-7778). The 42-acre Belmont Lake is encircled by a similar path, making a total of 7.6 miles of multi-use trails.

Paddle boats and rowboats are available for rent on the lake through the summer. We allow kayaks and canoes to be launched from the boat dock while the boat dock is open (they can't be inflatable, must be hard bottomed, no motors, no surfboards or wakeboards, and no paddle boards).

The park's significant natural features include the 26-acre, spring-fed Belmont Lake and a significant wetland complex. The lake provides springtime trout fishing and summer bass fishing for the avid anglers who use the park. It is home to permanent and migratory waterfowl populations. Park visitors enjoy watching Osprey diving from high above to catch fish for their young in the spring. Other waterfowl that can be easily spotted include Northern Shovelers, Mergansers, Teal, Great Blue Heron, and Egrets.

Patrons enjoy activities such as picnicking, playgrounds, and using the various game courts and fields. The lake attracts trail walking, fishing and non-motorized boating. The 7.6 miles of trails throughout the park are available for hiking, walking, biking, nature observation and weather permitting, cross-country skiing.

Special events such as the Great Jack-O-lantern Spectacular Sail, Holiday Tree Lighting, Egg Hunt, and Fishing Expo draw the highest attendance on non-holiday weekends.

Find out more about park permit information. Find out more about reserving picnic pavilions and view pictures of the options available.

*Information on Lottery Process for Softball Field Use (2016)

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Dogs only. Access in undeveloped trail areas only, on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in picnic areas. Not allowed in buildings.

Hours of Operation

  • Belmont Lake State Park is open from sunrise to sunset, year round.
  • Picnicking, available all year.
    Pavilion rentals: All pavilions - (Maple, Birch, Pine & Oak)
  • Rowboat & Pedal Boat Rentals:
    5/7 – 5/22: 11 AM – 3:30 PM, weekends & holidays;
    5/28 – 9/5: 12 PM – 5:30 PM, weekends & holidays;
    9/10 – 10/10: 10 AM – 3:30 PM, weekdends & holidays;

    6/30 – 9/2: 11 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday, Thursday, and Friday;


    Maximum 4 persons per boat including children. Last rental is 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, or 5:30 pm as per time of year. Boat must be returned an hour and a half after the last rental. See rental information.

    Fishing is permitted from Rowboats Monday-Friday, 6/30-9/2, excluding holidays.
  • Fishing: Following DEC guidelines, available year-round. 
  • Recreational Activities: Softball, basketball, horseshoe, bocce ball, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, sledding. Weather permitting.

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
  • Cars: $8

    Collected:
    4/2 - 5/22: Weekends & holidays, 8am-4pm;
    5/28 - 9/5: Weekends & holidays, 7am-6pm;
    5/31- 9/2: Weekdays, 8am-4pm;
    9/10 - 10/10: Weekends & holidays, 8am-4pm.

    Non-Profit Buses (By Permit Only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    Please call (631) 321-3515; 3776; 3777 for information regarding permits.
  • Empire Passports
  • $65 - Sold at toll booth during toll collection hours, or from the Long Island State Park Headquarters Permit Dept. 9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Picnicking
  • Free

    No permit is needed if group is less than 50 persons, if you are not renting a pavilion, if you are not entering with a bus, or if you are not bringing alcohol.

    Note: Picnic areas are available on a first come – first serve basis (Please see "Pavilion rentals" if you would like a guaranteed spot)

  • Group Use Permits
  • A permit is required for groups of 50+ people: Free

    A permit is required if you are entering with a bus:
    Commercial Bus: $75.00 / Non-Commercial Bus: $35.00
    *non-commercial buses can only be purchased at LISP HQ, not at park on day of event.

  • Pavilion Rentals
  • Pavilion Rentals
    Weekend and Holidays: $250
    Weekdays: $200
    *This pavilion rental does NOT include parking fee or bus fee for your guests

  • Alcohol Permit
  • Beer or Wine only: $25.00

  • Park Use Permits
  • Permit required for any organized event or activity such as Walkathons, Religious Ceremonies, Wedding/Engagement Photos, Athletics/Sports, Environmental Studies, etc.

    **All applications must be received at least 10 business days prior to the event

  • Boat Rental
  • $15 per hour and a half

    See rental information
  • Metal Detecting
  • By Permit Only: $40
Sat 16 Jul
Magic of Amore
Saturday, July 16, 2016 02:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

A fun, interactive magic show where audience members are encouraged to be a part of the act.

Sat 06 Aug
My Reptile Guys
Saturday, August 6, 2016 02:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

A fun and educational, hour long interactive show with truly amazing reptiles. After the show, everyone will have the opportunity to touch or hold some of the reptiles and take photos so bring your cameras!

Sat 29 Oct
Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectuacular Sail
Saturday, October 29, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

Family-oriented Halloween event that includes balloon twisting, a children's spooky den, trick or treating, games, environmental crafts, and funny photos. The first 50 carved pumpkins received will be placed on flotation devices and lit with candles and then sailed, from the back of kayaks, around Belmont Lake at dusk.

Sat 03 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 3, 2016 04:15 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

Belmont Lake State Park will host its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. This popular event includes an ice sculptor, holiday songs sung by the local elementary schools, figurine displays, lighting of the tree by Santa, and a fireworks display.

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