Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

January 15, 2016

State Parks Press Office:
Randy Simons | Dan Keefe
(518) 486-1868 | news@parks.ny.gov

Schodack Island State Park Accepting Camping Reservations

New campground to offer an extended season beginning April 15

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) is now accepting reservations for a new campground at Schodack Island State Park in Rensselaer County. The campground along the shore of the Hudson River will open for the first time on April 15.

"I encourage visitors to book their campsite early for what is sure to be a popular new destination for New York families and visitors to our state," State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. "We are looking forward to welcoming the anglers, hunters, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts at this new base camp for adventure in New York's Hudson River Valley."

Camping reservations can be made on-line at http://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ or by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP. Fees for New York State residents are $15 to $19 per night for non-electric sites and $23 to $27 per night for sites with electrical hook-ups. There is a $5 nightly surcharge for out-of-state residents. Reservations can be made up to nine months in advance.

The $1.5 million project, funded by Governor Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 initiative, is the first new tent-trailer accessible campground to be built by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in 35 years. NY Parks 2020 is a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in private and public funding for State Parks from 2011 to 2020.

The 67-site campground is serviced by two new bathroom/shower buildings. Forty-three sites will offer 50-amp electrical hook-ups for trailers and recreational vehicles. New trail connections will link the campground to the existing 8-mile multi-use trail network on both the Hudson River and Schodack Creek sides of the island. The campground will be open for an extended season from April 15 to Dec. 5, 2016 to cater to the many hunters and anglers who visit the park.

Schodack Island State Park opened as a day-use facility in 2002, and is visited by 100,000 people annually – including numerous anglers and recreational boaters who enjoy the trailered Hudson River boat launch. The 1,052-acre park sits off the eastern shore of the Hudson River just south of Albany. Approximately seven miles of Hudson River and Schodack Creek shoreline bound the park. The park has an improved bike trail, volleyball nets, horseshoe pit and a kayak/canoe launch site. Picnic tables and a large group picnic pavilion are available.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 62 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

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