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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

Summer Nature Programs

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.

Find out more on picnic pavilion reservations and see photos of Hemp Pavilion.

Dogs only. Access in dog-walk area only, on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in picnic areas, in buildings, or on walkways.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round. Sunrise to Sunset.
  • 2017 Tennis Tournament: 7/6 - 9/5. Registration fee collected 5/1-6/30.
    Contact Park Office for information and registration form: (516) 766-1029.
  • 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 - 9/4: 12pm 7pm
    9/9 - 10/9: 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 - 9/4: 8am - Sunset (M - F) and 7 am - Sunset (SS & holidays)
    9/5 - 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 Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Boat Permit
  • $50
  • Carousel
  • $2 per ride
  • Metal Detecting
  • By Permit Only $40
  • Model Boat
  • $40 by permit only
  • Picnicking
  • Special permit required for Pavilion rental.
    -Weekends/Holidays: $250
    -Weekdays: $200
  • Tennis (All Weather)
  • $6 per hour
  • Tennis (Clay)
  • $8 per hour
  • Tennis Tournament
  • Singles: $12
    Doubles: $15
    Registration Fee Collected 5/1 - 6/30.
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    2017 Collection Times:
    4/1 - 5/21: 8am-4pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/27 - 9/4: 8am-4pm, weekdays; 7am-6pm, weekends & holidays;
    9/9 - 10/9: 8 am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays.

Maps

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Thu 06 Jul
Hempstead Lake Annual Tennis Tournament
Thursday, July 6, 2017 until Tuesday, September 5, 2017 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

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 begins on May 1.

Time: Weekdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Fee: $12.00 singles; $15.00 Doubles

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Oct
Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

Family-oriented annual fishing festival integrates fishing with fall activities, such as a casting for pumpkins contest and pumpkin decorating. The event also includes fly fishing instruction, demonstrations, and outdoor exhibits by local fishing clubs. Fishing equipment is not necessary. Loaner rods are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children will also enjoy face painting and an environmental craft.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Bridle Path
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Tennis (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing