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Green Lakes State Park

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Address
7900 Green Lakes Road
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Latitude 43.039238
Longitude -75.966187

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Boating

Due to the sensitive nature of both Green and Round Lakes, no outside/private boats, kayaks, or canoes are allowed. Rowboat and kayak rentals are available weekends only through Columbus Day at the Boat House, weather permitting.

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).

Green Lakes State Park's outstanding features are its two glacial lakes surrounded by upland forest. Both Round and Green Lakes are meromictic lakes, which means that there is no fall and spring mixing of surface and bottom waters. Such lakes have a high potential for evidence of ancient plant and animal life. Another special feature of the park is the 18-hole Green Lakes State Park Golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones.  Visitors can also snowshoe in winter, and there are 15 miles of trails that cross-country skiers can use.

Due to the sensitive nature of both Green and Round Lakes, no outside/private boats, kayaks, or canoes are allowed. The boathouse is open daily from 11AM-6PM.  Call the park office (315) 637-6111 for more details.

Thanks to a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a Hippocampe Beach/All Terrain wheelchair is now available at Green Lakes State Park to access beach and trails. The wheelchair is available for use at no charge on a first come, first serve basis from 11am-7pm. Please check with the lifeguards at the beach for availability.   

Pavilion Information
Green Lakes has five pavilions/rooms. Prices range from $150 to $600 and can accommodate 40 to 100 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

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).

Hours of Operation

  • 2022 Camping/Cabins:

    Open May 20, 2022 through October 9, 2022 for both camping and cabins.

    Campsites - 145 campsites, maximum of 6 people/site.
    Cabins - 7 cabins (Minimum age of 21 required for rentals)
    Camping Season:  5/20/22 - 10/9/22
    Cabins available:   5/20/22 - 10/9/22

    Reserve through ReserveAmerica:  800-456-2267

  • Park open year-round from dawn to dusk.
  • 2022 Swimming Season: Open 5/28/2022-9/5/2022
  • Boat House: Open daily from 11AM-6PM

    Fridays and weekends are our busiest days. We recommend arriving early on these days.

    *While there is no reservation system, we do have a waitlist for the boats. You can only get on the waitlist in person at the boat house*

  • Fishing: Only on Green Lake outside of swimming area. No fishing on Round Lake.  No outside boats or watercraft allowed.

  • Golf/ Pro Shop/ Yards Grille open for the 2022 Season:
    Pro Shop and Yards Grille hours fluctuate based on sunrise and sunset. Please call the pro shop at 315-637-4653 or Yards Grille at 315-632-6015 for more information. 

  • Environmental Education Center: Hours vary week to week. Email Cara.Gannon@parks.ny.gov or Katie.Mulverhill@parks.ny.gov for information or hours. 


  • Park Office Hours:  8:00AM-9:00PM DAILY

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
  • Cars: $10
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee: $35
    Commercial Bus Fee: $75
    Seasonal Bus Permit: $75
  • Beach/Swimming
  • Included in day use/vehicle entry fee. Beach and swimming will open Saturday of Memorial Day weekend from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day daily, including holidays.
  • Boat Rentals
  • In Season Rates: 

    Row Boats are $10/Hour, $5/Half Hour

    Single Kayaks are $10/Hour, $5/Half Hour

    Tandem Kayas are $15/Hour, $10/Half Hour

    Crystal Tandem Kayaks are $20/Hour, $15/Half Hour
  • Camping
  • Campsites: Camping Season is from 5/20/22 to 10/10/22
    $18-$36/night
    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

    Cabins:
    Cabins rented from Saturday to Saturday during peak season*, 7 or 14 days ONLY
    $434 per week
    $108.50 per night - 2 night minimum 

    $7.25 Registration Fee
    Additional $28/week for non-NYS residents
    Additional $7/night for non-NYS residents
    *Peak season - normally 4th Saturday in June until Saturday Labor Day weekend

    *Minimum age of 21 required for rentals
  • Golf Course


  • 9 hole Weekdays:  $18
    9 hole Weekends/Holidays:  $20
    18 hole Weekdays:  $21
    18 hole Weekends/Holidays:  $30

    Jr/Sr 9 hole:  $11
    Jr/Sr 18 hole:  $15
       *Jr/Sr rates apply on weekdays and after 1 p.m. on weekends

    Twilight 18 hole (after 6 pm):  $14
       *During June, July & August

    2022 Spring/Fall Rates: Subject to Change

    Before 5/20 and after 9/12, 18 Hole Greens Fee:  $20

    9 Holes with golf cart: 2 riders $9 per rider, solo rider $14
    18 Holes with golf cart: 2 riders $15 per rider, solo rider $20

    Any questions, please call Pro-shop at (315) 637-4653

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

The Central Region Environmental Education Team offers a variety of programs in our parks. Each park offers their own free public programs.

We also offer guided programs for groups (of 10 or more) and field trips. Please email Environmental Educator, Cara Gannon (Cara.Gannon@parks.ny.gov), to coordinate a program or field trip at Clark Reservation or Green Lakes State Park. If you are interested in a program at any of our other state parks, please reach out to the park office directly to schedule your visit.

We offer several program topics to choose from, but if you don't see what you are looking for let us know. We are working on adding to our lesson plans and will gladly create something teachers request, if time permits.

Green Lakes State Park: Home to rare lakes, old growth forests, and aquatic habitats, Green Lakes State Park offers the perfect outdoor classroom. Students see scientific concepts come to life in the real world. Over the past few years we have been writing standards based (NY P-12 science standards) lessons for the park:

K-1: Animal Survival Skills- Explore adaptations animals use to survive in many different habitats at Green Lakes. Observe animals in real life to see what they do when they think no one is watching!

2: Engineers Against Erosion- Get your hands dirty learning how engineers are protecting our visitors and lakes from erosion. Then test out your own ideas!

3-4: Sculpted by Nature: Learn how glaciers carved the park's landscape and created our unique lakes full of unusual life. Try your hand at carving the landscape by reading topographic maps.

5: Ecosystem Encounters- Discover what interdependent relationships in ecosystems can teach us about protecting wildlife at Green Lakes State Park.

High School: Into Limnology includes hands-on water quality testing and studying life from the lake (from small bacteria to fish!)

For Everyone: our most popular request is for a guided hike around Green Lakes. These can be formal or informal and can include an array of different topics. This is just the beginning; more programs are being developed! The Education Center has heat, so visit us any time of year.

Connect Kids to State Parks Field Trip Grants: Looking for ways to make field trips more affordable? Our Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Reimbursement Grants cover most of the costs associated with a field trip to state lands; including busing, entrance and program fees, or contracting for special programs.

Key BCA Criteria:

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

The Green Lakes BCA is located within Green Lakes State Park. The BCA is unique in that it contains significant tracts of both mature forest and grassland habitat, providing habitat for an unusually diverse suite of bird species. The grasslands within BCA represent the largest concentration of grassland habitat in the New York State Park system. Grassland-breeding species include Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Mature forest birds include Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and American Redstart.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Go Birding with the Green Lakes Bird Checklist

Thu 11 Aug
Recycled Crayon Ornaments
Thursday, August 11, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
We have too many crayons! Recycle our old crayons to make a colorful ornament for your window. At the Environmental Education Center (West Beach).
Sat 13 Aug
Secrets of the Lake Guided Hike
Saturday, August 13, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Green Lakes State Park

Green Lake is famous for its color, but have you ever wondered why the lake is "green"? Join a guide on the trail around Green Lake to learn its secrets. What interesting life lives in the lake? How were the lakes made? Meet at the Environmental Education Center (West Beach). The trail is 2 miles along relatively flat terrain with a crushed gravel surface. Free with park admission.

Thu 18 Aug
Forest Therapy Walk
Thursday, August 18, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Pre-Registration Required: 315-637-6111 On this 3 hour Forest Therapy Walk, you'll be guided on a gentle, slow mindful stroll on the trails of Green Lakes State Park. You'll leave behind stresses of the world and get in touch with the healing powers of the forest. The walk ends with a tea ceremony from wild foraged plants from the area and snacks. This slow mindful quiet walk requires pre-registration as group size is limited to max of 10. You will be descending 41 wooden steps with 2 handrails to trail. The walk is free for those pre-registered with your $10 park entrance fee. No dogs are allowed on this walk. This walk is for adults ages 16 or older. Registration closes 3 days prior to schedule walk date. If you are registered & you are unable to attend please call: 315-949-1008 to cancel so that your spot can be filled. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier than start of walk, as the walk will start on time. Once you have completed registration than you will be sent information on where to park & meet on day of walk. The walk will take place in rain but will be canceled if there is lightning/thunder forecasted and you will be notified by email that morning if cancelled. Please bring water to stay hydrated, rain gear/umbrella if rain forecasted and a casual backpack to hold your stuff. For your safety we recommend wearing close-toed shoes with traction. June will provide sit mats for your comfort.
Sat 20 Aug
Secrets of the Lake Guided Hike
Saturday, August 20, 2022 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Green Lake is famous for its color, but have you ever wondered why the lake is "green"? Join a guide on the trail around Green Lake to learn its secrets. What interesting life lives in the lake? How were the lakes made? Meet at the Environmental Education Center (West Beach). The trail is 2 miles along relatively flat terrain with a crushed gravel surface. Free with park admission.
Thu 15 Sep
Forest Therapy Walk
Thursday, September 15, 2022 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
Pre-Registration Required: 315-637-6111 On this 3 hour Forest Therapy Walk, you'll be guided on a gentle, slow mindful stroll on the trails of Green Lakes State Park. You'll leave behind stresses of the world and get in touch with the healing powers of the forest. The walk ends with a tea ceremony from wild foraged plants from the area and snacks. This slow mindful quiet walk requires pre-registration as group size is limited to max of 10. You will be descending 41 wooden steps with 2 handrails to trail. The walk is free for those pre-registered with your $10 park entrance fee. No dogs are allowed on this walk. This walk is for adults ages 16 or older. Registration closes 3 days prior to schedule walk date. If you are registered & you are unable to attend please call: 315-949-1008 to cancel so that your spot can be filled. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier than start of walk, as the walk will start on time. Once you have completed registration than you will be sent information on where to park & meet on day of walk. The walk will take place in rain but will be canceled if there is lightning/thunder forecasted and you will be notified by email that morning if cancelled. Please bring water to stay hydrated, rain gear/umbrella if rain forecasted and a casual backpack to hold your stuff. For your safety we recommend wearing close-toed shoes with traction. June will provide sit mats for your comfort.

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Did You Know? The park's glacial lakes were formed at the end of the last ice age - about 15,000 years ago!

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Rentals
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Food
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)