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Lake Welch Beach - Harriman State Park

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UPDATE: Effective Friday, April 24 and until further notice, the following roads will be CLOSED

  • Tiorati Brook Road
  • Arden Valley Road
  • Perkins Memorial Drive

Seven Lakes Drive Remains Open

All trail shelters are closed at this time. You can still pitch your tent within 300 ft of the shelters as per the regular guidelines.

Boat Launches are open for 2020 PIPC boat permit holders.*2020 PIPC Boat Permits & 2020 Tiorati/ Welch Keys are SOLD OUT*

Attention Permit Holders: Tiorati/Welch and Island Pond boat launches are open and can be accessed from Tiorati Circle ONLY. TW and IP orange stickers MUST BE DISPLAYED on your vehicle for entry.

Wildlife, Camping Alert: Due to several recent incidents where black bears approached campers in search of food, camping in the vicinity of the Fingerboard and Bald Rocks shelters in Harriman State Park has been temporarily suspended. To reduce the risk of attracting black bears, campers should never leave food, coolers, or backpacks unattended, especially when sleeping. Food preparation and cooking should be undertaken away from where people sleep. When finished, all food should be secured and waste taken to proper receptacles. Bears have a very good sense of smell, so food and other items with a strong scent, like toothpaste and deodorant, should not be stored in tents. Should a bear approach you, make loud noises and slowly back away. Do not run. Never get between cubs and an adult bear. All bear encounters should be reported to the Park Police at (845) 786-2781. For more information on how to store you food and preventing bear conflicts see DEC's website on Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts

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

  • Open year round - dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

  • Hours of Operation

    5/9/20 - 5/22/20, open daily, picnicking only
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    5/23/20 - 6/21/20
    Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, picnicking only
    Sat, Sun, Holidays: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, picnicking and swimming**

    **Swimming available from 10:00 am - 5:45 pm

    6/22/20 - 9/7/20
    Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, picnicking and swimming**
    Sat, Sun, Holidays: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, picnicking and swimming**

    **Swimming available M-F from 10:00 am - 5:45 pm and weekends and holidays from 9:00 am - 6:45 pm

    9/8/20 – 10/12/20
    Daily: 8:00am to 4:00pm, picnicking only. No swimming or wading allowed.

    10/13/20 – 4/23/21
    Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm, picnicking only. No swimming or wading allowed.
    Closed weekends and Holidays.

  • Swimming Hours

    5/23/20 - 6/21/20
    Weekends/Holiday only: 10:00am - 5:45pm

    6/22/20 – 9/7/20
    Weekends/Holidays: 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Monday-Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

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.

  • Metal Detecting Permit
  • $20 per permit

    Cash, check or credit card accepted.
  • 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

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

    Cash, check or credit card accepted.

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