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Gilbert Lake State Park

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New for 2021! Seasonal Camping: Choose one of a limited number of campsites and leave your camper from Memorial Day to Labor Day ($750) or Memorial Day to Columbus Day ($900). Beginning April 1, 2021 you may contact the park office directly at 607-432-2114 to make a reservation. Seasonal sites are first come, first served until they are all reserved. The sites DO NOT have electric, water or sewer services. No additional discounts, including the Access Pass, will be accepted for seasonal camping. All standard campground rules apply to seasonal campers. The seasonal camping application is provided in the documents list below. Please complete and mail, email or fax the application to the park. If paying by credit, we will contact you for credit card information to process your application.

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.   

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). Beginning in 2021, NO PETS will be allowed in Cabins 1,10,16,20, 31 and 32.

Mailing Address
GPS Address: 870 County Route 12, NY

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open year-round, from dawn to dusk. Office hours have changed. For assistance, call 607-432-2114, before driving to the park. 
  • 2021 Swimming Season: 

    Open weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to June 18.   Beginning June 19, open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. though Labor Day. 
  • Camping/Cabins:

    Contact Park Office for Camp Ground operational plan information.   

    Contact Reserve America for 2021 reservation information at: or 1-800-456-CAMP (2267) 

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

    Hilltop (sites #1-57): 
    Deer Run (Electric sites #58-89).
                  (Non electric sites #90-135)
  • Boat Rentals (single, double kayaks and paddle boards):  

    *Please note that launching is available a short distance from the parking area for personal non-motorized boats.
  • Shelter Rentals: 

    2021 shelter reservations (mid-May to Columbus Day) must be made through or 1-800-456-2267

    Briggs Shelter & Kitchen, capacity 75
    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

  • 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 during swimming season. You may pay with cash/credit or by one of the many NYS Admission Programs.
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee: $35/day (Seasonal Bus Permit $75)
    Commercial Bus Fee: $75/Day


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.

Sat 01 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Gilbert Lake State Park

Meeting location: 18 CCC Rd (870 County Rd 12) Laurens, NY 13796

Volunteer Project #1: General park grounds clean up in Deer Run and Hill Top camping areas and Beach. Activities will include cleanup, trail work, gardening and painting. Rain or shine. All ages welcome Start time: 9am End time: 12pm

Volunteer Project #2: General park grounds clean up in Deer Run and Hill Top camping areas and Beach. Activities will include cleanup, trail work, gardening and painting. Rain or shine. All ages welcome Start time: 1pm End time: 4pm

Call: 607-432-2114 or Email:

Registration: Required

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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)