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Gilbert Lake State Park

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Construction Alert:  An ongoing sanitary system upgrade project will affect camping and cabins for the 2020 season. Construction will continue throughout the season. Expect periods of heavy construction during this time.  Efforts have been made to minimize the impact an disruption of services by delaying the normal opening of campsites and cabins, shifting construction timeline, and utilizing portions of the old system so cabins and campsites can be open this summer.  Although this project will cause some interruptions this year, it will provide an overall better camping and cabin experiences at Gilbert Lake.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

-Central Region of NYS Parks has opened for the season, albeit with a slightly different operation plan, due to Covid19. Gilbert Lake State Park will have limited capacity daily. Once capacity has been reached, vehicles will be stopped from entering and only be allowed to enter when another vehicle departs.

- Swimming is open daily 11am-7pm.  Picnic areas around the beach area will be available on a limited basis. No concessions will be available.

-Groups will not be allowed to congregate on the beach and face coverings will be required around public buildings, including restrooms.

-Camping:  New York State Park campsites, are currently open for new reservations with limitations.  Reservations are required and can only be made in advance by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or  No walk up camping stays will be accepted.    

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.

Pavilion Information
Gilbert Lake has three pavilions. Prices range from $100 to $250 and can accommodate 40 to 200 people. Check availability at

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.
  • 2020 Swimming Season: 

    Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daily until Labor Day. 

  • Camping/Cabins:
    Contact Park Office for Camp Ground operational plan information.   Contact Reserve America for reservation information.  Limitations in place. 

    135 Campsites, maximum of 6 people/site.
    33 Cabins available; 7-14 day reservation during peak season

    Hilltop (sites #1-57): 5/22 - 9/6 - Sites 38 and 51-57 Closed for the season
    Deer Run (Electric sites #58-89): 6/19 - 9/6
                  (Non electric sites #90-135): 6/19 - 9/6 - Sites 90, 91 and 108 Closed for the season.

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

  • Boat Rentals (rowboats & kayaks):  

    Boat Rentals Currently Unavailable Until Further Notice

    Regular Hours of Operation
    5/23/20 - 6/14/20, weekends and holidays, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    6/15/20 - 9/7/20, 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

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
  • Boat Rentals Are Currently Unavailable Until Further Notice:

    Regular Rates When Available:
    - 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

  • 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 Information

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