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Connetquot River State Park Preserve

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Box 505
Oakdale, NY 11769
Latitude 40.748135
Longitude -73.152435

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Prohibited Activities

Please note that as a nature preserve, bicycling, picnicking and pets are not permitted.

Fall Nature Programs

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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, bridle, cross-country ski and nature trails, as well as freshwater fly fishing (by permit only) on the Connetquot River.

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.

Designated as the first "State Park Preserve" in New York, Connetquot River encourages the long-term protection  of our ecological, cultural  and historic resources. Passive activities include: hiking, birding and nature study. 

Prohibited Activities: Please note that as a nature preserve, bicycling, picnicking and pets are not permitted.

Hours of Operation

  • 2022 Hours of Operation:
    Open Tuesdays - Sundays, Closed Mondays
    1/1/22 - 5/29/22 8am - 4pm
    Memorial Day - Columbus Day 8am - 6pm
    10/15/22 - 12/31/22 8am - 4pm
    VUF $8.00
    4/2/22 - 5/29/22  Weekends only (8am - 4pm)
    Memorial Day 5/30/22 - Columbus Day 10/10/22 (8am - 6pm)
    10/15/22 - 11/20/22   Weekends only (8am - 4pm)
  • Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center: Programs conducted year-round, Wednesdays through Sundays.
  • Fly Fishing Season: Open Year Round (Session Times: 8am - 12 pm, 12pm - 4 pm, additional session 4pm-sunset April-September, Tuesdays through Sundays)
    Trout Fishing: valid NYS freshwater fishing license required.

  • 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 and the high society Sportsmen's Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.
    First and Third Sunday of each month, September-June.
    Each tour is about 45 minutes long and run continuously from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
    Reservations are required. Click here to register!

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.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8 

    Fee Collected:

    4/2/22 to 5/29/22 Weekends Only 

    Memorial day 5/30 to Columbus Day (10/10/22): Daily, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

    10/15/22 to 11/20/22: Weekends Only, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Bus Vehicle Entrance Fee:

    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
Sat 03 Dec
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Join us for a hike in 2022 at a different State Park every month, on trails less traveled! For every Passport to Parks program attended, earn a sticker specific to each park, for your booklet. Earn 6 stickers for a water bottle and 10 to be entered into a raffle for an Empire Passport! Reservations are taken two weeks prior on and search for #NatureEdventure.
Wed 07 Dec
Tiny Tots Programs: Welcome Winter
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
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.
Fri 09 Dec
Full Moon Hike
Friday, December 9, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Enjoy a stroll along the meandering moonlit trails of the preserve. This is an excellent chance to get outside and enjoy the crisp, cool air while exploring what creatures are around this time of night! Family Program. To Register, please visit & search #NatureEdventure. 
Sun 11 Dec
Wreath Making
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
It's the holiday season again! Whatever holiday you celebrate a beautiful smelling natural wreath is enjoyable during these cold months. We will have all the natural plants to decorate with. Feel free to bring ribbons or anything else you like to decorate your wreath with for the season. One wreath per household. Adult Program. To Register, please visit & search #NatureEdventure. 
Fri 16 Dec
Adult Night Hike
Friday, December 16, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Come to Connetquot River State Park Preserve after hours for this adult only night hike! This walk with activities will connect your senses to the night. See how yours compare to creatures of the night! Adult Program. To Register, please visit & search #NatureEdventure. 

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Fly Fishing
  • Gift Shop
  • Hiking
  • Nature Center
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Visitor Center