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Rockland Lake State Park

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

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 huge 24,140 square foot swimming pool with diving boards--the pool is more than 10,000 square feet larger than an Olympic size pool!  A kiddie pool is also available for young children.  The park also offers picnic tables; grills, a car top boat launch dock, hiking trails with breath-taking views of the Hudson Valley, six tennis courts and the Rockland Lake State Park golf courses, featuring two 18 hole golf courses.  Anglers can fish Rockland Lake for bass, perch and norlunge.  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 30.  From October 1 to March 31, pets are permitted in the park but not on any of the paved walkways including the 3.2 mile 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.
  • 2017 Swimming Season:
    5/27 - 6/23, weekends and holidays, 10-5:45 pm
    6/24 - 8/20, weekdays, 10-5:45 pm, weeknds and  holidays, 11-6:45 pm
    8/21 - 9/4:  11-6:45 pm weekends and holidays only

  • The golf courses and tennis courts open from March to late November.
    The Executive Course closes the first Sunday in November and the Championship Course closes the first Sunday in December.
  • Picnic & PIPC Boat Permits: Available April - November.
  • Fishing station and boat rentals are closed for the season.
  • No bicycle rentals

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 $65- 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
  • $8 per vehicle

    Fee collected:
    4/8 - 6/25: Weekends & holidays
    6/26 - 9/4:  Weekdays 9AM - 5PM, Weekends 8AM - 6PM 
    9/9 - 10/22: Weekends & holidays only

    *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.
  • Field Use Permits
  • $300 per month
  • Picnic Permits
  • $50 per 100 attendees

  • PIPC Boat Permits
  • $30 per vessel

  • Pool Admission
  • $3 per person
  • Wood Removal Permits
  • $25

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, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches (Accessible) * Car top boats only
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Swimming Pool (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Tennis
  • X-Country Skiing