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Clark Reservation State Park

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ALERT:  

  • Clark Reservation State Park has opened for the season, albeit with a slightly different operation plan, due to Covid19.

  • Social distancing guidelines and density restrictions are in place. Groups will not be allowed to congregate and face coverings will be required around public buildings, including restrooms.

  • No concessions will be available.

  • NYS Parks welcomes back our patrons, but strongly urges them to follow the above plan so that everyone in Central New York has an equal opportunity to enjoy our beautiful park system.


Address
6105 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
Latitude 42.992954
Longitude -76.094734

Clark Reservation State Park is a geologic wonder of the last ice age and a botanist's paradise. The park's natural features include rugged cliffs and rocky outcrops, woodland and meadow, a wetland and a glacial plunge basin lake in which the surface waters and bottom waters do not mix. Fishermen can catch pickerel, bullheads, and sunfish; while birdwatchers may observe cedar waxwings, kingfishers and woodpeckers. The Nature Center is open seasonally from mid-May through Labor Day.  Weekend guided nature walks leave from the Nature Center building, which also offers numerous exhibits. Hikers may choose from five trails, including the cliff trail, which has a ledge overlook 175 feet above the water.

Pavilion Information
Clark Reservation has two pavilions. Prices range from $75 to $200 and can accommodate 25 or 100 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in 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 guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Open year-round, Sunrise - Sunset.

  • Clark Reservation State Park Nature Center is open seasonally from mid-May through Labor Day.

  • Shelters Rentals:
    Available mid-May to Columbus Day, 9 am - sunset.  Call the park to reserve.

    Large Shelter, Capacity 100
    Small Shelter, Capacity 25

  • Park Office Hours:
    Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

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.

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.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • (weekends & holidays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day)
    Passenger Vehicle Fee: $5
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee: $35
    Commercial Bus Fee: $75
    Seasonal Bus Permit: $75

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

The Central Region Environmental Education Team offers a variety of programs in our parks. Each park offers their own free public programs.

We also offer guided programs for groups (of 10 or more) and field trips at the following state parks: Green Lakes, Clark Reservation, and Selkirk Shores. Please fill out this quick registration form if you would like to schedule a guided group or field trip program at one of those parks. Our Regional Environmental Educator, Katie Mulverhill, will reach out to coordinate the details of your program after receiving the registration form. If you are interested in a program at any of our other state parks, please reach out to the park office directly to schedule your visit.We offer several program topics to choose from, but if you don't see what you are looking for let us know. We are working on adding to our lesson plans and will gladly create something teachers request, if time permits.

Clark Reservation State Park has long been known for its rich botany and geology. It is the perfect place for students to learn about geology, and fossils, first hand and how the landscape influences plant communities. Clark Reservation State Park is also home to the state listed endangered species: American harts-tongue fern.

Connect Kids to State Parks Field Trip Grants: Looking for ways to make field trips more affordable? Our Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Reimbursement Grants cover most of the costs associated with a field trip to state lands; including busing, entrance and program fees, or contracting for special programs.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Nature Center
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds