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Hempstead Lake State Park

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Address
Lakeside Dr.
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Latitude 40.682314001199998
Longitude -73.642421507799995

Hempstead Lake State Park is a multi use facility. Included are 20 tennis courts, children's playgrounds, basketball courts, bridle trails for horse back riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand carved wooden carousel. There is a picnic pavilion available for large parties. In addition to a pavilion rented through the Permit Department, Hempstead offers rental of the Carousel party-room done in-house at the park.  For a rental fee of $350.00 for a three hour event, guests are also offered unlimited carousel rides during their event.

There are three ponds that are accessible for fishing. On Hempstead Lake, the largest lake in Nassau County, you are permitted to use car top boats with an annual permit issued from the Park.  McDonald Pond, South Pond and Hempstead Lake are stocked with trout in the fall and you may target trout year-round. Other species present include large mouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, perch, tiger muskies, carp and sunfish.

Pavilion Information
Hempstead Lake has one pavilion. Prices range from $200 to $250 and can accommodate up to 300 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com. Find out more on picnic pavilion reservations and see photos of Hemp Pavilion.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in 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

  • Open year round. Sunrise to Sunset.
  • Boat Permit: Sold in park office. Boat and life jacket must be inspected. Please call for appointment: (516) 766-1029
  • Carousel and Gift Shop: 4/1 - 10/9, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

    4/1 - 5/21: 12pm-6pm
    5/27 - 9/2: 12pm 7pm
    9/3 - 10/14: 12pm-6pm

    Carousel Pavilion Building party room rentals for: Birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, etc. Contact Park Office: (516) 766-1029.
  • Fishing: Available year round. Valid NY State fishing license required for patrons 16 yrs. or older.
  • Picnicking: Year round, sunrise to sunset. Permit required for groups of 50 or more. No fee for permit.
  • Tennis: All weather courts: Available year round.
    4/15 - 5/26: 8am - Sunset, Daily
    5/27 - 9/2: 8am - Sunset (M - F) and 7 am - Sunset (SS & holidays)
    9/3 - 11/7: 8am - Sunset, Daily
  • Tennis: All weather courts: Available year round.
    Clay Courts - Available 4/15 - 11/7, Weather permitting.
    Courts close at sunset.

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 $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    2019 Collection Times:
    4/1 - 5/20: 8am-4pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/27 - 9/2: 8am-4pm, weekdays; 7am-6pm, weekends & holidays;
    9/7 - 10/14: 8 am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays.
  • Carousel
  • $2 per ride
  • Permits
  • Boat Permit:
    $50

    Model Boat:
    $40 by permit only

    Metal Detecting:
    By Permit Only $40
  • Tennis Information:
  • Tennis (All Weather):
    $6 per hour

    Tennis (Clay):
    $8 per hour

    Tennis Tournament:
    Singles: $12
    Doubles: $15
    Registration Fee Collected 5/1 - 6/30.

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Wed 01 Jul
Hempstead Lake Annual Open Tennis Tournament
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park

Daily tennis tournament in the following divisions: Men's and Women's Singles; Men's and Women's Doubles; Mixed Doubles. Trophies are given to the 1st place winner and runner up in each division. Registration opens May 1 until the maximum participant number is reached.

Registration: Required
Thu 02 Jul
Hempstead Lake Annual Open Tennis Tournament
Thursday, July 2, 2020 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park

Daily tennis tournament in the following divisions: Men's and Women's Singles; Men's and Women's Doubles; Mixed Doubles. Trophies are given to the 1st place winner and runner up in each division. Registration opens May 1 until the maximum participant number is reached.

Registration: Required
Fri 03 Jul
Hempstead Lake Annual Open Tennis Tournament
Friday, July 3, 2020 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park

Daily tennis tournament in the following divisions: Men's and Women's Singles; Men's and Women's Doubles; Mixed Doubles. Trophies are given to the 1st place winner and runner up in each division. Registration opens May 1 until the maximum participant number is reached.

Registration: Required
Mon 06 Jul
Hempstead Lake Annual Open Tennis Tournament
Monday, July 6, 2020 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park

Daily tennis tournament in the following divisions: Men's and Women's Singles; Men's and Women's Doubles; Mixed Doubles. Trophies are given to the 1st place winner and runner up in each division. Registration opens May 1 until the maximum participant number is reached.

Registration: Required
Tue 07 Jul
Hempstead Lake Annual Open Tennis Tournament
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park

Daily tennis tournament in the following divisions: Men's and Women's Singles; Men's and Women's Doubles; Mixed Doubles. Trophies are given to the 1st place winner and runner up in each division. Registration opens May 1 until the maximum participant number is reached.

Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Tennis (Accessible)