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Connetquot River State Park Preserve

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Address
Box 505
Oakdale, NY 11769
Latitude 40.748135
Longitude -73.152435

Winter Nature Programs

Connetquot River State Park Preserve maintains 3,473 acres of land and water for the protection and propagation of game birds, fish and animals. Deer and waterfowl are numerous, rare nesting birds, including the osprey, are present and there are numerous rare plants, and other interesting flora, such as trailing arbutus and pink lady's slipper in their natural habitats. The preserve also has 50 miles of hiking, horseback riding, cross-country ski and nature trails, as well as fishing (by permit only) on the Connetquot River.

For Schools: Environmental Education Programs

Youth Programs available

The Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center is home to the Regional Environmental Education Team of environmental educators. Schools, youth organizations and special interest groups can make arrangements for interpretive programs and hikes at any of the State Parks on Long Island by calling this office. In addition to group hikes there are Fun for Kids Activities, Family Adventure Programs and Adult Ed-ventures for the general public run at several State Parks.

*To receive information on programs via email, sign up for Long Island State Park & Nature's  electronic mailing list here.

No Pets Allowed

Hours of Operation

  • Open Tuesdays - Sundays, year round. Closed Mondays 
  • Environmental Programs closed Mondays year-round.
    Tiny Tots program held every other Tuesday.
    4/1 - 9/30
    10/1 - 3/31 - Environmental program closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
  • Fly Fishing Season: Open Year Round (Session Times: 8 am - 12 pm & 12 pm - 4 pm.)Additional hours in July & August (Session Times: 8 am - 12 pm, 12 pm - 4 pm & 4pm - 8pm. )

    Trout Fishing: valid NYS freshwater fishing license required. *Keep 2 fish in the size range 10" - 13"

  • Fly Fishing: Group Outing Program: Upon request only.


  • Horse Trailer Parking: Available all year. 8 am - 4 pm.
  • Cross Country Skiing: Available in the winter season when conditions permit.
  • South Side Sportsmen's Club Historic House Tours:
    Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern, the land, buildings, and members of the high society Sportsmen's Club's, and how it came to be Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

    First and Third Sunday of Each Month

    Each tour is about 45 minutes long. 1:00 - 2:00 pm. No reservations are required for this program. For more information please call 631-581-1072.

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.

  • VUF/Parking Fee (per car)
  • 4/6/19 - 5/27/19: 8am-4pm, weekends and holidays - $8/car

    5/28/19 – 9/2/19: 8am – 4pm Tuesday through Sunday - $8/car.

    9/3/19 - 11/24/19: 8am-4pm, weekends & holidays - $8/car

    11/25/19 – 4/4/20: No Charge

  • Bus Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses (By permit only) $75
  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • $4 per adult
    $4 per child (3-17 yrs.)
  • Fly Fishing
  • $25 per 4 hour session
  • Fly Fishing: Group Outing Program
  • $25 per person (4hr session)

  • Horseback Riding
  • $50 yearly permit & $10 day riding permit
  • House Tours
  • $4 per adult
    $4 per child

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Sat 19 Jan
The Gold Coast & the Real Gatsby
Saturday, January 19, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Friends of Connetquot Lecture Series

 Travel back in time to the days of Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby! Learn about the actual families and their grand houses that inspired the book during a talk by North Shore historian and author Paul J. Mateyunas. He will autograph copies of his books North Shore Long Island: Country Houses, 1890-1950 and Long Island's Gold Coast, which will be available for purchase. For reservations, please visit friendsofconnetquot.com

Registration: Required
Sun 20 Jan
Historic House Tour
Sunday, January 20, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen’s Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today. Reservations are suggested: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Optional
Sat 26 Jan
Winter Celebration
Saturday, January 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Discover the many wonders of winter! Walk through indoor stations filled with fun, hands on activities and exciting science experiments. Look at a real snowflake up close, sit in our ‘upcycled' milk bottle igloo, go for a scavenger hunt and eat a special icy treat! See for yourself how animals stay warm in the winter and identify their tracks. Stop by any time during this special event.

Sun 27 Jan
Deer Detectives
Sunday, January 27, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Where have all the deer gone? Expand your deer knowledge indoors as we explore the ways of the white-tailed deer. Outdoors we will become deer detectives and search for the clues that the deer have left behind. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Tue 29 Jan
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Wonderful Weather
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and theirparents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • Gift Shop
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Nature Trails
  • Activities
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing