Geocache Challenge 2016
*Geocache Challenge 2017 coming in May
Schodack Island State 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 1,052-acre site. The park has been designated a State Estuary, and a portion of the park shelters a Bird Conservation Area (BCA) that is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees. Eight miles of multi-use trails wind through a variety of ecological communities. In addition, the park has 66 campsites for use, an improved bike trail, volleyball nets, horseshoe and a kayak/canoe launch site. Interpretive signage highlights the park's historic and environmental significance. Picnicking (tables and grills) are available to groups by reservation (fee - call park for details).
Pets: Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, proof of rabies vaccination required. Not permitted in buildings
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 Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
Pavilion $125: Water Electric 100+ people
Riverview Pavilion $25 15+ people
Event Tent (30 x 30) $75 Electric- 50+ people
Event Tent (20 x 30) $60- 55+ people
Event Tent (20 x 20) $50- 40 people
Trash removal option: $6 per bag-Checks made out to "Schodack Island NHT"
$175 for the season from - May 1st to Columbus Day
Or $ 75 per month if available.
Winter Dry Slip: $225 for season mid-October-mid-April
New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.
Schodack Island State Park has an Environmental Educator on staff several months out of the year, who is trained in Project WILD, Growing Up WILD, Flying WILD, WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands, and Project Learning Tree. Environmental Education programming can be tailored to meet your New York State curriculum needs, from pre-school through high school, even offering college internships. Park staff are eager to work with scouts, school groups, homeschoolers, and others on environmental education programming. Contact the Park Office for more information
Key BCA Criteria:
- Wading bird concentration site
- Species at risk site
The Schodack Island BCA is a peninsula in the tidal portion of the Hudson River, within Schodack Island State Park. The BCA's trails, old roadways, abandoned farms, rights of way, forest openings, and varying topography have created an interspersion of habitats, which in turn has led to a widespread distribution and abundance of birds. Cerulean Warbler and Bald Eagle are key species here, and a Great Blue Heron rookery on the island contains about 50 nests. The western side of the Island, along the Hudson River shoreline, is predominately floodplain forest, and is of particular importance in regard to its use by eagles. The habitats along the Schodack Creek and Muitzes Kill are particularly diverse. The BCA is within a Department of State (DOS) Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat and a DOS Significant Scenic Area. The BCA boundaries are coincident with the designated Hudson River Estuarine Sanctuary boundaries.
The site supports a breeding population of Cerulean Warbler (special concern) with 13 singing males counted in 1997. The area has been used by the species since at least 1965. Bald Eagle (threatened) regularly use the area for roosting and foraging, especially in winter. Osprey (special concern) also roost and forage in the area. There is a Great Blue Heron breeding colony that supports about 50 nests each year.
Download a copy of the BCA map.
All persons hunting within the boundaries of Schodack Island State Park must have a valid NYS hunting license, archery license, muzzle loading license and/or turkey permit as required by Environmental Conservation Law. A special permit, issued by Schodack Island State Park, is also required. Permits can be obtained at the park office at no charge.
Rifles of any caliber or handgun of any type is strictly prohibited. Muzzle loader or shotgun only. Bow hunting in designated areas. DMU permit areas are 4K north of the overhead bridges and 4T south of the overhead bridges. Hunting within 500 feet of any building or road is strictly prohibited. No structures of any kind. Tree stands must be climber style or lock on. All tree stands must be removed daily.
Hunters must display colored parking pass on dashboard when parked. Hunters must display laminated hunting permit card to any park employee or officer. A sign in/sign out sheet will be in place outside of the park office. Hunters are required to sign in and out each day and record any game taken.
Gates will open one hour prior to sunrise for hunters and one hour after sunset for big game only. For small game hunting the park will return to our normal winter hours of 7 am to 4:30 pm.
All hunting ends February 28th. Park hours are displayed throughout the park.
*Please note: Hunting is not permitted within 500 feet of any building, road, playground, or parking lot, and all trails are considered safety zones where hunting is not allowed.
Join Craig Thompson of the Audubon Society of the Capital Region for an outdoor foray in search of the birds of early spring, as we celebrate the date of John Burroughs' birth. Affectionately known as "John O'Birds", the renown Catskill naturalist (1837-1921) waxed especially romantic about the "return of the birds", bringing millions of Americans to a heightened appreciation of nature during a critical period in US conservation history. Bird sightings found along the Park's gentle trails will be embellished with pertinent quotes from Burroughs' vibrant essays.
This program is open to the public free of charge. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. To register, or for more information, please call Schodack Island State Park at 732-0187.
Project/Event Description: Cleaning flower beds - remove old plants and debris and planting new plants
Meeting Location: All projects will start in the main park area and will have a project leader who will direct and disperse volunteers. All ages welcome
Project/Event Description:Planting trees - volunteers will plant trees in the campground
Meeting Location: Main park area. All ages welcome
Project/Event Description: Shoreline clean-up - we will pick a specific location along the Hudson River and pick up the debris that has washed up
Meeting Location: Main park area. All ages welcome
Race Day Schedule
7:45 a.m. Registration
8:15 a.m. Guided Nature Walk (1.5 mi) $10 pre-registration; $15 race day
9:00 a.m. Story Walk Suggested donation of $5 (or any amount)
9:30 a.m. Youth Mile $10 pre-registration; $15 race day
10:00 a.m. 5K Trail Run/Walk Until 2/28 pre-registration $25 3/1-5/6 pre-registration $30; Race Day $35
11:15 a.m. Awards Ceremony
All fees include park entrance fee.
Participants can register at www.zippyreg.com and all proceeds benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County.
"There is incredible beauty in nature: from magnificent birds, flowers and landscapes to the tiniest insects. Suitable for all levels of photographers with a variety of equipment, this program covers the basic elements of nature photography including light, composition, and focus, and we discuss how these elements apply to close-ups, landscapes, and wildlife photography. We also cover aspects of simple editing, and where to photograph nature in upstate NY. Along the way we illustrate our points with some of our favorite photos of the beauty of nature." – Naturelogues
Denise Hackert-Stoner will give the first of two sessions on Friday night, with the second on Sunday afternoon. The first session will cover basics, and during the second session, students can have their work critiqued and receive feedback on how to better their skills. The Park will offer photo-printing services for a fee over the course of the weekend. There will be no program fee for this event. Visit Naturelogues online at www.naturelogues.com.
Schodack Island State Park will join with Audubon Society of the Capital Region to host the park's first Raptor Fest, a day dedicated to birds of prey. The day will begin with a Migratory Bird Walk at 8am, followed by a Raptor Walk at 9:30am, with both walks meeting up at the Riverview Pavilion. The main events of Raptor Fest will begin at 10am in the day use area. Local author, Darryl McGrath, will discuss her book Flight Paths and will be available for autographs. Mike Lemery, a local videographer, will share bald eagle footage, and his experience filming these incredible birds. Live birds of prey will be present all day, accompanied by wildlife rehabilitators from Whispering Willow Wild Care and Outpost #4, and there will be two flight demonstrations by Sky Hunters and Silent Wings. The day will also feature kids activities, an owl pellet dissection, bird box building, as well as food and artisan vendors. There will be a $6 fee per vehicle to enter the park after 8am. Make your camping reservations now!