Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is a delight for outdoor enthusiasts. This 14,086-acre park, covering land in Putnam and Dutchess counties, boasts hiking trails, picnic areas, scenic campground, and abundant opportunities for boating, hunting, fishing, and birding. The park is also home to the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, which provides high-quality environmental programming and Fahnestock Winter Park, which includes 20 kilometers of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Fishing by boat is permitted at Stillwater and Canopus Lakes. Fishing at both lakes and four ponds is excellent in all seasons for anglers seeking bass, pickerel, perch or brook and rainbow trout. Please note that all freshwater fishing requires a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This permit can be obtained from town halls and many sporting goods stores.
The scenic campground, formed along the park's natural rock ridges, provides alcoves of privacy and tranquility for campers. Each of the 80 campsites has a picnic table, charcoal grill, and fire ring. Additionally, there is an area for RV camping. Although there are no hookups available or dump station, restroom and shower facilities are centrally located to all RV and tent sites. The campground's nature center houses environmental displays and a variety of touch boxes.
Fahnestock has one pavilion. The day use price is $75 and can accommodate up to 50 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com.
Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near the park:
Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or beaches (this does not apply to service animals).
Fahnestock State Park is open daily Dawn to Dusk with the exception of the areas listed below.
Campground Opens May 13 for 2022 season. Reservations made through ReserveAmerica.com or Call 1-800-456-CAMP
Group Campground Opens April 29 for 2022 Season. Reservations can be made by calling park office at 845 225 7207
Canopus Lake Recreation Area: Facility has Closed for the season. This includes Beach and Swimming
Boat Rentals: Closed for Season
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.
The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
Non-profit bus: $35
Commercial bus: $75
Please call park office ahead of time if bringing bus to area 845 225 7207
Collected May 28th to June 19th, 2022, weekends and holidays only
Collected June 20th to September 5th, 2022, daily
Row Boats and Kayaks available
$10/hr or $25/day
$25 cash deposit
Permits For Personal Watercraft Use in Fahnestock State Park Lakes
Permits available at Park Office 845 225 7207
Season permit : $30
Weekly permit : $10
Opens May 13, 2022 for season
Please go to Reserve America to check rates and fees.
For reservations: Call Reserve America at 1-800-456-CAMP or visit www.reserveamerica.com.
Group Camping: Call Park office for information 845 225 7207
Please visit the Fahnestock Winter Park webpage for information.
Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.
Key BCA Criteria:
- Diverse species concentration site
- Species at risk site
The Fahnestock BCA is located within Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. The BCA is especially important because of its undisturbed stream valleys, lakes, and wetlands which provide food, shelter, and breeding sites for birds and other wildlife. The Fahnestock BCA is within Audubon New York's Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands Important Bird Area. It was originally designated as a BCA in 2000. This update to the BCA Management Guidance Summary was completed in order to consider recent land acquisitions which have expanded the size of Clarence Fahnestock State Park. Review of these sites indicated that the majority of these parcels met the criteria for inclusion within the existing BCA.
Fahnestock BCA represents one of the largest areas of contiguous forest in the lower Hudson Valley, and thus provides significant stopover and breeding habitat for a diverse group of forest-dependent bird species. Characteristic bird species found during migratory and breeding periods include Broad-winged Hawk, Acadian Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Worm-eating Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager. Species-at-risk at Fahnestock include the State Threatened Least Bittern and Special Concern Sharp-shinned, Cooper's and Red-shouldered Hawks and Eastern Whip-poor-will.
Download a copy of the BCA map.
Go birding with the Fahnestock Bird Checklist.
Archery only. May enter woods ½ hour before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset. Park Hunting permit required - unlimited.
Gun season: Shotgun only. Map available at park office. May enter woods at ½ hour before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset. Park Hunting permit is required - limited to first 200 hunters.
Muzzle loading: May enter the woods ½ hours before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset.
Turkey - shotgun only (Monday-Friday only). No youth hunt. May enter woods ½ hour before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset. Park Hunting permit is required - limited to first 200 hunters.
All permits are available starting 1 month prior to opening day for their respective season.
Please come to the park office to obtain park hunting permits and maps, or call (845) 225-7207 with any questions. The park office located at 1498 Rte 301 Carmel, NY 10512.