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Hempstead Lake State Park

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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.

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 easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $65- 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.

  • 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.


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Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029


Meeting location: Meet by model boat area of Northeast Pond

Special instructions: Volunteers should park in the open field adjacent to the entrance of the Southern State Parkway (West) from Peninsula Blvd (Southbound).

Project 1: We will be cleaning up debris from the shoreline of Northeast Pond. The park will provide garbage bags, pick sticks, and plastic gloves. Volunteers should wear long pants and shoes with socks (no sandals or flip-flops). Volunteers should also bring gloves, water, snacks, and rakes/shovels. All ages welcome.

We can accommodate: Large Groups, Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 516-766-1029

Registration: Required

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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