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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
Fall 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 and Third Sunday of Each Month

    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
  • $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.

Sun 29 Oct
Spooky Scavenger Hunt (Children's Program)
Sunday, October 29, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Ghostly flyers? Scary bats? Join us for a short presentation about myths of some of nature's most misunderstood animals. Then, search the park trail for spooky items on our scavenger hunt list. You can wear your Halloween costumes– just make sure you can walk safely. There will be tons of fun to go around!

Registration: Required
Sun 29 Oct
Haunted House Tours (Family Program)
Sunday, October 29, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Have you ever wanted to visit the South Side Sportsmen's Club after dark? This is your chance! Join us for a spooky special edition house tour, including ghost stories! - just in time for Halloween. BOO! For ages 7 and up.

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Nov
Dream Catchers (Family Program)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

What is a ‘dream catcher'? We will explore the myths and legends behind these beautiful hangings. Afterwards, you can show us your creative side making one. Sweet dreams!There is an additional $1 per person fee for materials.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Nov
Native American Games (Children's Program)
Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Not all games need electricity! Native American children spent hours playing games using what they found in their own "backyards". Join us to play fun games with items found in nature just like the native Americans did!

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Nov
Too Much Turkey? Take a Hike!
Saturday, November 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Stuffed after eating all that holiday food? Come to the preserve and walk it off. What better way to relax this holiday than enjoying the forest and river of Connetquot! (approx. 3 miles). Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes.

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