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Gilbert Lake State Park

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Swimming area will be closed Monday through Friday in August. 

18 CCC Road
Laurens, NY 13796
Latitude 42.57272
Longitude -75.12817

Gilbert Lake State Park's lake and three ponds lie in wooded, hilly terrain in the foothills of the Catskills. In addition to cabins and campsites, the park has more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails for hikers, skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoers. Playgrounds and a disc golf course, as well as swimming, boat rentals, boating (car top/hard bottom boats) and fishing are also featured.

Gilbert Lake is also home to the New York State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.   

New! Thanks to a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a Hippocampe Beach/All Terrain wheelchair is now available at Gilbert Lake State Park to access beach and trails.


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

  • Park is open year-round, from dawn to dusk.
  • 2019 Swimming Season:

    Saturday and Sundays only, plus Labor Day

  • Camping/Cabins:
    135 Campsites, maximum of 6 people/site.
    33 Cabins available; 7-14 day reservation during peak season
    2019 Cabins available:  5/10/19 - 10/7/19
    2019 Camping Season: 5/10/19 - 10/7/19

    Hilltop (sites #1-57): 5/11-10/7
    Deer Run (sites #58-76): 5/7 - 10/7 
                  (sites #80-89): 5/17-9/2
                  (sites #77-79, 90-135): 5/24-9/2

    Due to park improvements, ALL cabins will be closed for the 2020 season. Please contact the park for updates.

  • Boat Rentals (rowboats & kayaks):
    5/25/19 - 6/16/19, weekends and holidays, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    6/17/19 - 9/2/19, daily, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    *Please note that launching is available a short distance from the parking area for personal non-motorized boats.
  • Shelter Rentals: 
    Mid-May to Columbus Day, 9 a.m. - sunset.
    Call park to reserve.

    Briggs Shelter & Kitchen, capacity 60
    Large Shelter, capacity 200
    Beach Shelter, capacity 40

  • Deer hunting permitted, bow only.  Contact the park for details.

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.

  • Beach/Swimming
  • Included in day use/vehicle entry fee
  • Boat Rentals
  • Kayaks:
       - Single:  $10/hour
       - Double:  $15/hour
    Row Boats:  $7/hour 
  • Campsites/Cabins
  • Campsites:
    *Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons

    Daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
    Cabins: $406 - $540/week
    Additional $28/week for Non-NYS resident patrons
    Additional $7/day for Non-NYS resident patrons

  • Shelter Rentals
  • Beach Shelter (capacity 40):
       - Weekdays:  $100
       - Weekend/Holidays:  $150
    Briggs Shelter and Kitchen (capacity 60):
       - Weekdays:  $150
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $250
    Large Shelter (capacity 200):
       - Weekdays:  $150
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $250
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars:  $7  Thursday through Monday
    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.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Rentals
  • Cabins (Accessible)
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations * One station available
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • X-Country Skiing