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Schodack Island State Park

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Address
1 Schodack Island Way
Schodack Landing, NY 12156
Latitude 42.517994
Longitude -73.759697

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).

Please consult the tide chart when you are planning any trips on the Hudson River or Schodack Creek. If you have any questions about the challenges of boating in tidal water, please call the park office.

 

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and 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).

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 7Schodack Landing, NY 12156

Hours of Operation

  • Seasons/Hours: The park is open year round.
  • Camping open from mid-April - December
  • Picnicking/Hiking/Fishing/Biking: Year round.
    Biking: Limited.
    Pavilion Rental: May - Oct. (Electric and water hook-up available.
    Tent Rental: May - Oct. (Electric hook-up available.)
    Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing: During winter season.
    Ice Skating: During winter season
  • Comfort Station and Contact Station open year round.

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
  • Mid-April to mid-October: Cars $6 on weekends and holidays
  • Rentals
  • Please call park office to get pavilion rental application.

    Shelter Reservation Information


    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) $50- 55+ people

    Event Tent (20 x 20) $40- 40 people


    Trash removal option: $6 per bag-Checks made out to "Schodack Island NHT"

  • Campsites
  • $15-27/per night

    *$5 nightly fee for non-NYS residents
  • Dry Slip Boat Permit
  • $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

How to Bird Watch

Schodack Birding Checklist

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.

I Bird NY guides are available in the park. For more information about the I Bird NY program , please visit the DEC webpage.

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.

Hunting Permit and Map

*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.

Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Register
Start time for all projects: 9am
End time for all projects: 12pm

Meeting Location for all projects: Main pavilion located in the park. Parking Instructions: All participants should meet at the main pavilion in the picnic area.
Ages for all projects: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project #1: Clearing Portage Trails - cutting back & raking trails that will be used by kayakers, canoers, campers, and visitors of the park. Bring gloves, brush clippers, and rakes if you want, otherwise the park will provide necessary tools. Please bring: Garden gloves and insect repellent

Volunteer Project #2: Playing in the flowerbeds - multiple flowerbeds throughout the park to clean up, removing debris, and put down new mulch, and planting new flowers. Please bring: Garden gloves, rakes

Volunteer Project #3: Fun with a brush - various poles, displays, and/or kiosks may require touch-up painting after the harsh effects of the winter season. Please bring: Garden gloves. Multiple other fun projects possible - helping to beautify the park by picking up scattered ground litter, and trail work to potentially installing sign posts, signs, and fixing picnic tables.

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college students groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 518-766-0561 Email: friendsofschodackisland@gmail.com

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches (Accessible) * Canoe/kayak launch access varies with the tide. Please check the tide chart for high tide times.
  • Campsites
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking (Accessible)
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking (Accessible)
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing Trails (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing