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Green Lakes State Park

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

Geocache Challenge 2016

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, where visitors can 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. Rowboat and kayak rentals are available Memorial Day - Labor Day at the Boat House, weather permitting.

New! 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.   

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in the bathing areas.

Hours of Operation

  • Park open year-round from dawn to dusk.
  • 2016 Camping/Cabins:
    Campsites - 145 campsites, maximum of 6 people/site.
    Cabins - 7 cabins (Minimum age of 21 required for rentals)
    Camping Season:  5/13/16 - 10/9/16
    Cabins available:  5/13/16 - 10/9/16 (cabins 1 and 8 are under construction)

    Please Note:  Pine Woods Campground is under construction and scheduled to open July 1, 2016.

    Reserve through ReserveAmerica:  800-456-2267

  • Boat House: Rowboat and kayak rentals available.

    5/28/16 - 9/5/16 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. weather permitting

    Due to the sensitive nature of the lake, no outside/private boats allowed.

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

  • Golf:  April 1 to November 13 (weather permitting).
    Please call pro-shop at 315-637-4653 for hours of operation.
  • Nature Center: 
    Nature Center may be under construction, but activities will continue throughout the park. Please stop by the Park Office or visit the Green Lakes Facebook page for current schedule of activities.
  • Park Office Hours:   Sunday thru Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Beach/Swimming
  • Included in day use/vehicle entry fee
  • Boat Rentals
  • Rowboats:  $7/hour
  • Cabins (7)
  • Cabins rented from Saturday to Saturday during peak season*, 7 or 14 days ONLY
    $406-$434 per week
    daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge

    $9.00 Service Fee
    Additional $28/week for non-NYS residents
    Additional $7/night for non-NYS residents
    *Peak season - normally 4th Saturday in June until Saturday before Labor Day weekend

    *Minimum age of 21 required for rentals
  • Campsites
  • $18-$36/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents
  • Golf
  • 9 hole Weekdays:  $18
    9 hole Weekends/Holidays:  $20
    18 hole Weekdays:  $26
    18 hole Weekends/Holidays:  $30

    Jr/Sr 9 hole:  $11
    Jr/Sr 18 hole:  $17
       *Jr/Sr rates apply on weekdays and after 1 p.m. on weekends

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

    2016 Spring/Fall Specials:
    Before 5/21 and after 9/11, 18 Hole Greens Fee:  $20

    Links card:  10 rounds for the price of 8
       *Available to golfers paying full fee only

    In-Season Specials:  Please call Pro-shop at (315) 637-4653
  • Shelter Rentals
  • Community Room (capacity 40):
       - Weekdays:  $125
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $200
    Old Administration Building (capacity 70):
       - Weekdays:  $200
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $300
    Reserve Shelter (capacity 100):
       - Weekdays:  $75
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $150
    Tulip Hill Shelter (capacity 25):
       - Weekdays:  $50
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $75
  • Snowshoeing
  • $2/hour or $10/day
    Must stay within the park.
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars:  $8
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee:  $35
    Commercial Bus Fee:  $75
    Seasonal Bus Permit:  $75


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.

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

Sat 21 Jan
Saturday, January 21, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Wegman's Frosty Hunt  with clues every 1/2 hour.  Can you find the snowman?
Sleigh Rides at Tulip Hill
Refreshments and Yummy Food available for purchase by the food vendors in front of the bath house.
Pictures with Frosty and Yetti located at the Old Administration Building
Snow Sculpture Contest winners announced at 3 pm
Bonfire 1 pm to 4 pm
Snowshoeing at Boathouse

Free and open to the public with a suggested donation of one non-perishable food item per car.  Collection at entrance to Green Lakes.

Co-sponsored by the Village of Fayetteville Recreation, the Town of Manlius Recreation, the Village of Manlius Recreation, and NYS OPRHP.  
Sat 28 Jan
Saturday, January 28, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Meet at the Park Office to see a presentation about owls of Green Lakes.  Then caravan to places around the park to listen for owls.

This event is FREE and open to the public
Sun 29 Jan
Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Meet & Greet experienced musher, breeder and exhibitor Jo Lynn and her Kindred Moon Siberian Huskies of Camden, NY.  Learn and interact with the dogs, dog truck and equipment.

Please dress for the weather.
Free and open to the public.  For questions, please call (315) 637-6111.

Sat 04 Feb
Saturday, February 4, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

See a PowerPoint Presentation about how animals adapt to the harsh winter environment.  Then take a walk with wildlife biologists to identify tracks in the snow.

Please dress for the weather and walking on trail.  

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Fri 10 Feb
Friday, February 10, 2017 01:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Make a Valentine for that special someone while watching the movies "Tangled" or "Lady and the Tramp".

Free and open to the public.

At Park Office

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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, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Rentals
  • Cabins
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations
  • Food
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing