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Gilbert Lake State Park

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Address
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 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.

Pavilion Information

Gilbert Lake has three pavilions. Prices range from $100 to $250 and can accommodate 40 to 200 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). 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:

    135 campsites and 33 cabins.

    All are open Friday, May 21 through Sunday, October 10, 2021. Reservations required for all 2021 camping. For reservations/availability, contact www.reserveamerica.com or call 1-800-456-2267.

    For all sites, maximum of 6 people, regardless of age.

    Cabins rent for 7 or 14 days during peak season.

    2021 Season: Cabins 1-12, 17-21 Sunday to Sunday.  Cabins 13-16, 22-33 Saturday to Saturday.

    Campsites
    Hilltop: Sites 1-57 (Electric sites 1-9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 31-36, 52-57)
    2021 Seasonal Sites 38-51 (No Water, Electric, Sewer)
    Memorial Day through Labor Day $750
    Memorial Day through Columbus Day $900
    First come, first served. Contact park for current availability.
    Deer Run (Electric sites 58-89). (Non electric sites 90-135)
  • Boat Rentals (single, double kayaks, paddle boards, row boats available):

    Boat rentals are available ONLY when lifeguards are on duty. Renter must be at least 18 years old and all users must use a Coast Guard approved life vest that will be provided. Refer to Fees and Rates tab for more information. 

    Personal Boats: Cartop boats only - no trailer-launched boats.  Launching is available a short carry from the parking area for personal non-motorized boats.  Electric trolling motors are allowed on personal boats, but NOT rentals.

    Permit:  No boat permit necessary for day use, but may be obtained in the office to leave a boat for the summer - removal no later than Nov. 30th. 


  • Shelter Rentals: 

    2021 shelter reservations (mid-May to Columbus Day) must be made through www.ReserveAmerica.com 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.

  • 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
  • Beach/Swimming
  • Included in day use/vehicle entry fee
  • Boat Rentals
  • Regular Rates When Available:
    Kayaks:
    - Single: $10/hour
    - Double: $15/hour
    Paddleboard: $10/hour
  • Campsites/Cabins
  • Campsites:
    $15-$27/night
    *Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons


    Cabins:
    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

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.

Fri 23 Jul
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Friday, July 23, 2021
Gilbert Lake State Park
Campsite decorating
Sat 24 Jul
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Gilbert Lake State Park
Campsite decorating
Sat 24 Jul
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Saturday, July 24, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Gilbert Lake State Park
CRAFTS (CCC Museum)
Mon 26 Jul
Free Learn To Swim Program
Monday, July 26, 2021
Gilbert Lake State Park
(607) 432-2114

Gilbert Lake will offer a free Learn To Swim Program two separate weeks.  Session I will take place Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30.  Session II will take place Monday, August 2 through Friday, August 6.

Pre-registration is required.  Call Park Office 607-432-2114 for information and to register.
Registration: Required
Tue 27 Jul
Free Learn To Swim Program
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Gilbert Lake State Park
(607) 432-2114

Gilbert Lake will offer a free Learn To Swim Program two separate weeks.  Session I will take place Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30.  Session II will take place Monday, August 2 through Friday, August 6.

Pre-registration is required.  Call Park Office 607-432-2114 for information and to register.
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) * Free Learn to Swim Program July 26th-30th and Aug. 2-6. Call Park Office 607-432-2114 to register.
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)