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Rockland Lake State Park

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SWIMMING UPDATE: Rockland Lake Pool will be closed for the season. Please make alternate plans.

Parking in some lots will be reduced. Please follow social distance guidelines, including wearing a face covering when you cannot maintain social distance.

299 Rockland Lake Rd.
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
Latitude 41.130234
Longitude -73.924965

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Rockland lake State Park's lake is located on a ridge of Hook Mountain above the west bank of the Hudson River. The park offers a new water complex featuring a huge 25,000 square foot zero entrance swimming pool with diving boards, a spray ground and two large water slides. A playground for children 12 and under has been added to the picnic area in parking lot 2. The park also has picnic areas with tables and a few grills, a car top boat launch dock, hiking trails with breath-taking views of the Hudson Valley, six tennis courts and two 18-hole golf course's. Anglers with a valid NYS fishing license can fish for bass perch and carp. Walkers, joggers, roller bladers and bicyclists can enjoy the 3.2-mile non-motorized use paved trail around the lake.

Pets are not permitted from May to September 30th. From October 1 to April 30th pets are permitted in the park but not on any of the paved walkways including the 3.2 mile Bike Path around the lake. Pets must be on a leash not to exceed 6' in length.

Mailing Address
Box 217Congers, NY 10920

Hours of Operation

  • Open year-round, from daylight to dusk.
  • 2020 Swimming Season:

    7/3-8/23 Weekdays 10 am - 5:45 pm, Weekends 11 am - 6:45 pm, Holidays 10 am - 6:45 pm

    8/24-9/7 Weekends only 11 am - 6:45 pm, Holidays 10 am - 6:45 pm. Closed on Weekdays.

  • Golf Courses and Tennis Courts are currently open for the season.

    Pickleball is also available at Rockland Lake State Park.

  • Picnic & PIPC Boat Permits: Available April - November.

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 Use Fee
  • $10 per vehicle

    Fee collected:

    6/20-9/7 Weekdays 9 am - 5 pm, Weekends 8 am - 6 pm

    *Fee collected on July 4th from 6 am - 6 pm

    9/12-10/25 Weekends and Holidays 8 am - 4:30 pm

    *Please note, Rockland Lake State Park is a popular place to hold organized races and walks. As these are hosted by outside organizations, the park's vehicle use fee is not included in the race/walk's registration fee, and participants of these events are still charged the park's VUF unless otherwise noted.

  • Bus Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Commercial buses: $100 per bus
    Non-profit organization: $60 per bus

  • Permits
  • Field Use Permits:
    $300 per month

    Picnic Permits:
    $50 per 100 attendees

    PIPC Boat Permits:
    $30 per vessel

    Wood Removal Permits:
  • Pool Admission
  • $5 per person weekends and holidays
    $3 per person weekdays

    *Please note that admission to the pool is by cash payment only.

Key BCA Criteria:

  • Waterfowl concentration site
  • Migratory concentration site
  • Diverse species concentration site
  • Individual species concentration site
  • Species at risk site
  • Bird research area

The Rockland Lake Complex BCA is located within four state parks that share adjacent boundaries; Rockland Lake, Nyack Beach, Hook Mountain, and Haverstraw Beach State Parks. These facilities are located along the west bank of the Hudson River, primarily in the Town of Clarkstown, but also including the Town of Haverstraw to the north. The parks are a mix of developed and undeveloped lands, containing a 256-acre lake (Rockland Lake), a forested wetland, and precipitous ledges. The parks offer recreational facilities including a pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, and trails. Rockland Lake State Park also includes two golf courses, large parking areas, and buildings that are not included in the BCA boundary. An environmental education center housed at Rockland Lake State Park operates sporadically in the summer months. Hook Mountain has previously been designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Audubon New York.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches (Accessible) * Car top boats only
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Pool (Accessible)
  • Tennis * Pickleball is also available at this park.