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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
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 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 pmĀ - 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.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply 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
  • $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.

Thu 23 Feb
Weather Wizards
Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Have you ever wondered how a cloud forms or why a tornado starts? Join us to uncover weather secrets with activities and demonstrations.

Family Program

$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Fri 24 Feb
Bunces Bridge Ramble
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Bunces Bridge is one of the most scenic locations of the park. Join us for a hike to this wonderful place, exploring pristine parklands along the way.

Family Program

$4.00 per person
Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Feb
Winter Celebration
Sunday, February 26, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Discover the many wonders of winter! We have lots of hands on activities and science experiments. Each station will have a unique winter-themed activity staff members of the Environmental Team will be available to guide you if you need help! Stop by anytime during this free special event.

Tue 28 Feb
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, February 28, 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 28th: Tracks and Traces
March 14th: Rainbows!
March 28th: Spring is Here!

Tue 28 Feb
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries
Tuesday, February 28, 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.

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