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Lake Welch Beach - Harriman State Park

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ATTENTION: The following roads will be closed for the winter and re-opened no later than April 1, 2020.
-Exit 16 from the PIP (Tiorati Brook Rd and Lake Welch Drive)
-Arden Valley Rd-
Rt 106 from Rt 17 to Kanawauke Circle

A few things to note:
-Seven Lakes Drive will remain open through the winter.
-Kanawauke Picnic Area is still accessible from the Kanawauke Circle for parking.
-A portion of Lake Welch Drive is still open from Seven Lakes Dr to St Johns Rd.
-Elk Pen Hikers Lot is still accessible off of Rt 17.

If you access the park via the Palisades Parkway, you can use Exit 15 (Rt 106) and Exit 18 (Seven Lakes Dr) during this time.

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