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Connetquot River State Park Preserve

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ALERT: Due to a coastal storm, including threat of high winds Connetquot River State Park is currently CLOSED, Monday January 23rd and will remain closed until further notice. We appreciate your cooperation, please check back for updates: Learn more.

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 Wednesdays - Sundays, year round. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
  • Parking: Available year round. Vehicle Use Fee in effect Wednesdays - 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: 2/1 - 10/15. (Session Times: 8 am - 12 pm & 12 pm - 4 pm.)
    Trout Fishing Permits required in addition to valid NYS freshwater fishing license.
    *Catch and release ONLY. No kill, no possession.
  • Fly Fishing: Group Outing Program: Upon request only.

    Group outing request forms available at park office or upon request. Minimum group size required. Valid NYS Fishing License required. Must provide fly fishing equipment as specified.
  • 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:
    February 5th & February 19th
    March 5th & March 19th

    Tours run continuously. Each tour is about 45 minutes long. Please arrive any time between 1:00 and 3:00 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.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • $4 per adult
    $3 per child (3-17 yrs.)
  • Fly Fishing
  • $20 per 4 hour session
  • Fly Fishing: Group Outing Program
  • $20 per person (4hr session)
    Minimum of 20 people per group
  • Horseback Riding
  • $50 yearly permit & $10 day riding permit
  • House Tours
  • $4 per adult
    $3 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.

Sat 28 Jan
Shelter Rock Cycle- Friends of Connetquot Lecture Series
Saturday, January 28, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Do you know that our island rests on a foundation of metamorphic bedrock 230 to 350 million years old?

Join Dr. Bennington for a fascinating presentation and Show-and-Tell. A paleontologist by training, Dr. Bennington is a professor of Geology and chair of the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability at Hofstra University. Have an interesting rock or fossil you'd like to share or want to have identified? Bring it along!

Free Program. Refreshments will be served.

For reservation call 631-581-1072 or email rsvp@friendsofconnetquot.org

Registration: Required
Tue 31 Jan
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 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 their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

January 31st: Snow Day
February 14th: To Nature with Love
February 28th: Tracks and Traces
March 14th: Rainbows!
March 28th: Spring is Here!

Tue 31 Jan
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

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 and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

January 31st: Snow Day
February 14th: To Nature with Love
February 28th: Tracks and Traces
March 14th: Rainbows!
March 28th: Spring is Here!

Sat 11 Feb
Tracks and Traces
Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Exploring the forest can be exciting during the winter. Learn how to ‘read the signs' animals leave behind, then take a hike as we search for tracks and traces that might even lead us to the animals!

Adult Program

$4.00 per person

Registration: Required
Tue 14 Feb
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 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 their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Held on Tuesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am and 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

February 14th: To Nature with Love
February 28th: Tracks and Traces
March 14th: Rainbows!
March 28th: Spring is Here!

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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