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Lake Welch Beach - Harriman State Park

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Please be advised that the following seasonal road closures are now in effect and will reopen April 1st.

  • Exit 16 on the Palisades Parkway; Lake Welch Dr and Tiorati Brook Rd
  • Arden Valley Rd
  • Rt 106 from Kanawauke Circle to Rt 17
    --Please note that the Kanawauke Parking Lot is still accessible for hikers parking from the Kanawauke Circle

Seven Lakes Dr will remain open and Palisades Parkway exits 15 and 18 may be used to enter Harriman State Park.

800 Kanawaukee Road
Stony Point, NY 10980
Latitude 41.232780200599997
Longitude -74.080595307999999

Lake Welch Beach State Park's man-made Lake Welch, with its half-mile-long sandy beach in the wooded hills of the Ramapo Mountains, is the largest beach in Harriman State Park. Originally a small body of water with farmland around the edges, Lake Welch became the large lake that it is today when a dam was completed in 1942. The park offers cool breezes, swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and camping in adjacent Beaver Pond Campground. Winter activities include ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Please note that alcohol is not permitted at this site.


Current Water Quality - Beach Results


No Pets permitted.

Hours of Operation

  • 10/9/18 – 4/19/2019, open Mon-Fri*, picnicking only
    8:00am – 4:00pm*
    Closed on Holidays

    4/20/19 – 5/24/19, open daily, picnicking only
    8:00am – 4:00pm

    5/25/19 – 6/14/19
    Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 4:00pm, picnicking only
    Sat, Sun, Holidays: 7:00am – 8:00pm, picnicking and swimming
    **Swimming available from 10:00am – 5:45pm

    6/15/19 – 9/2/19
    Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 8:00pm, picnicking and swimming**
    Sat, Sun, Holidays: 7:00am – 8:00pm, picnicking and swimming**
    **Swimming available from 10:00am – 5:45pm, M-F and 9:00am - 6:45pm, weekends and holidays

    9/3/19 – 10/14/19, open daily, picnicking only
    8:00am – 4:00pm

    10/15/19 – 4/17/20, open Mon-Fri*, picnicking only
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    *Closed on Holidays

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.

  • Bus Permits
  • Commercial: $100
    Non-profit: $60

    Cash only
  • Metal Detecting Permit
  • $20 per permit

    Cash only
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $10/car parking fee (cash only) applied during the Swimming season from:
    8:00 AM to 4:00 PM weekdays
    7:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekends/holidays

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Snowmobiling