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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

Fall 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.

Fri 14 Dec
Moonlight Sensory
Friday, December 14, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Adult Program: Explore the night using your senses. Why do night creatures see better than us at night? How do animals use their sense of smell? These and other sensory questions will be answered through hands on activities to experience the night like a nocturnal animal does. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Hatchery Tour
Saturday, December 15, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Family Program: The Hatchery is open! Discover the fascinating life cycle of a trout and enjoy our newly reopened hatchery. An indoor presentation will be followed by a “behind the scenes” tour of the trout hatchery. We will be hiking to the hatchery, ~2 miles. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Dec
Snowmen Ice Candles
Sunday, December 16, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Family Program: When were candles first used? Where does wax come from? Join us to discover the history of candles! Together we’ll create unique candles, using hot wax and ice, just before the holidays. There is an additional $2 charge per person fee for materials. Reservations are required: (631) 581 -1072
Registration: Required
Tue 18 Dec
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

December 18th- Nature's Gifts

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. Held on Tuesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am.

Tue 01 Jan
1st Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Family Program: Join us as we kick off the New Year with a hike to explore the preserve. Discover the changes in the forest during the winter and search for signs of wildlife. Breathe in the fresh air and embrace a new start to 2018! Reservations are required: 631-581-1072
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