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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

Spring Nature Programs
Spring Nature Program Descriptions

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 
  • Parking: Available year round. Vehicle Use Fee in effect Tuesdays - Sundays, 8 am - 4 pm.
  • 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 June, July & August (Session Times: 8 am - 12 pm, 12 pm - 4 pm & 4pm - 8pm. )

    Trout Fishing Permits required in addition to valid NYS freshwater fishing license.*Keep 2 fish in the size rang 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 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.

  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • $4 per adult
    $4 per child (3-17 yrs.)
  • Fly Fishing
  • $20 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
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses (By permit only) $75

Maps

Digital Maps

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

Fri 20 Apr
Evening Walk
Friday, April 20, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Have you ever wanted to explore the park after dark? Now is your chance! Join us on a night-themed walk through the preserve and search for our nocturnal residents.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Apr
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- April Showers
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

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.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Apr
Northern Hiker's Special
Saturday, April 28, 2018 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Walk through the many habitats located right here at Long Island's largest State Park Preserve! Wander through wetlands, pine barrens and oak forests while searching for wildlife and observing native plants. We will hike approximately 6 miles to the pristine, beautiful, less traveled northern section of the preserve. Bring water and lunch.

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zumi7km0s89kjp/

Project 1: Brick Work- You will be laying down a new brick walkway. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves.

Project 2: Trail Work- you will be pruning, moving sticks, and thinning and transplanting. All ages welcome. Please bring: Garden gloves, hand shovels, and hand saws.

Project 3: Paint Scraping- you will be scraping the window and door frames of the main house. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring work gloves.

Other projects: Carpentry Work-Experienced Carpenters with their own tools

For questions about this event:
Call: 631-581-1005
Email: Jaclyn.Zanella@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sun 06 May
South Side Sportsmen’s Club Historic House Tours
Sunday, May 6, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

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.

Registration: Required

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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