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Hempstead Lake State Park

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Pavilion reservations

Pavilion reservations for the 2023 season at Hempstead Lake State Park will be available in early 2023. Please check back here for additional information.

1000 Lake Drive
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Latitude 40.682314001199998
Longitude -73.642421507799995

Fall Nature Programs

Hempstead Lake State Park is a multiuse facility. Included are 18 tennis courts, 6 pickleball courts, children's playgrounds, basketball courts, bridle trails for horseback riding, hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand-carved wooden carousel. There is a picnic pavilion available to rent for large parties through the Permit Department. Additionally, Hempstead offers rentals of the Carousel Party Room by appointment. For a rental fee of $350.00 for a three-hour event, guests are also offered unlimited carousel rides during their party.

There are three ponds that are accessible for fishing. On Hempstead Lake, the largest lake in Nassau County, you are permitted to use cartop and inflatable boats (certified by the National Marine Manufacturer's Association). 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 largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bullhead catfish, black crappie, yellow perch, carp, and sunfish.

Environmental Education and Resiliency Center

The Environmental Education and Resiliency Center is a unique, hands-on learning center focused on environmental management and storm resiliency. The goal is to connect the community with the natural environment by providing outreach and educational programming. The Center will also be used for storm response purposes. The Hempstead Lake Dam will be monitored from the center and the data tracked to assist in storm preparation and response.

We currently offer educational programming for scouts, schools, and the public. To register for public programs you can visit our Eventbrite page. If you would like to book a school or scout program you can email us at 

Pavilion Information
Hempstead Lake has one pavilion, ranging in price from $200 on a weekday to $250 on a weekend or holiday. It can accommodate up to 300 people. Check availability at Find out more on picnic pavilion reservationsand see photos of the Philip Scott Pavilion.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are always to be supervised 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.
  • Environmental Education and Resiliency Center is open 7 days a week from 9am-4pm (beginning 11/10/22), Phone number: 516-766-1029, Email:
  • Fishing: Available year-round. Valid NY State fishing license required for patrons 16 yrs. or older.
  • Model Boat Permit: Sold in park office. Valid NAMBA membership card must be presented. (Suspended for 2022 due to construction)
  • Picnicking: Year-round, sunrise to sunset. Permit required for groups of 50 or more. No fee for permit.
  • Carousel and Gift Shop: 4/2 - 10/10, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

    4/2 - 5/22: 12pm-6pm
    5/28- 9/5: 12pm 7pm
    9/10 - 10/10: 12pm-6pm

    Carousel Pavilion Building party room rentals for: Birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, etc. Contact Park Office: (516) 766-1029.

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 (By permit only) $75

    2022 Fee Collected:

    Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Weekends/ Holidays, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Weekend/Holiday collections start 4/2 until 5/22, then again from 9/10 until 10/10

    Daily collections start 5/28 until 9/5 
  • Carousel
  • $2 per ride, 4/2 - 10/10, weekends & holidays

  • Permits
  • Model Boat Permit: (Suspended for 2022 due to construction)


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Fri 09 Dec
Tiny Tots Programs: Dinosaurs
Friday, December 9, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3-5.
Sat 10 Dec
Sticky Ice Science
Saturday, December 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Can we make an ice cube stick to the end of a string? Find out the answer to this question and others as we conduct our icy experiments. Together we will observe how water changes phase from liquid, to solid, to gas. To register, please visit and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sun 11 Dec
Fur and Skulls
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Observing the fur and skulls of different animals can tell us how they adapt to living in the wild. Investigate animal adaptations and make an animal track booklet. To register, please visit and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sat 17 Dec
Holiday Wreath Making
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Hanging a beautiful wreath on your door is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. We will provide the wreath and plant material but feel free to bring bows, ribbons or ornaments to decorate with. One wreath per household. To register, please visit and search for #NatureEdventure
Sun 18 Dec
Feathered Frend Feeders
Sunday, December 18, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
How do birds stay warm in the winter? Learn about the winter birds that make their homes in Hempstead Lake State Park. Create your own pinecone bird feeder to take home and feed our feathery friends. To register, please visit and search for #NatureEdventure.

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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)