Swimming at the Lake Taghkanic State Park has been extended: Swimming will be open Sept. 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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
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No dogs allowed in the park, except in parking lots, along roadways and on marked trails.
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.
Boat Permits: Weekly and season permits are available;Boat Rentals: Rowboats, canoes, paddleboats & kayaks;
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.
$50/day or $60/day with electricRec Hall Rental - $50/day
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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.