Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Speed Restriction on Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River: Beginning Monday, May 29th, NY State will enforce a 5 mph. speed limit on boats operating within 600 feet of the Lake Ontario or St Lawrence River shoreline. This measure is meant to reduce wakes and waves that can cause further erosion and property damage. Learn more.

State Park Facilities on Lake Ontario and in the Thousand Islands:  High water is impacting State Park facilities on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. All parks are open, but access to boat launches and other facilities near the water may be restricted. Check the web page of the park you intend to visit for updates. For more information on the storm impacts to state boat launches, please visit: Lake Ontario Storm Information.

Hit the Trail

Guided Hikes and walks

Change up your scenery and explore a new park or trail. We offer a varying line-up of hikes and walks on both weekdays and weekends. Learn more.

Connect Kids to Parks

Connect Kids to Parks

Application now available for free field trips to NYS State Park and Historic Sites. Learn more

Lifeguarding

Lifeguarding

Are you a strong swimmer, love to be outdoors and looking for a summer job that helps people? Plan now and join the State Parks Lifeguard team. Dates to qualify have started: Find a location near you.

Empire Passes

Park Passes

Your key to all-season enjoyment at New York state parks is the Empire Pass -- available for different lengths of time: one, three- and five-year; or, lifetime. We also offer the Golden Park Program, Access Pass and the Lifetime Liberty Pass.

Share Your Adventure

Upload your photos and videos so we can inspire others to visit.

Digital Brochures

State park, historic site and camping information are available in digital format and may be downloaded.

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