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Belmont Lake State Park

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UPDATE:  Trails will remain closed until further notice. Please contact the park prior to visiting to verify hours and operations.

Be advised, to encourage social distancing and help stop the spread of COVID-19, many parks have reduced parking by 50% and local roads may have closures in effect. Many popular parks will fill to capacity by noon and close early to incoming visitors and traffic. Closures will be posted here and on our homepage. For real-time traffic updates visit: https://www.511ny.org/#:Alerts 

Pedal boat rentals are currently unavailable at Belmont Lake State Park. For information on visiting state parks during the Covid-19 outbreak, visit: https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/

Address
Southern State Parkway Exit 38
North Babylon, NY 11703
Latitude 40.734316
Longitude -73.338525

Belmont Lake State Park, located in West Babylon is a 463-acre day use park bisected by Carll's Creek and Belmont Lake. The park, established in 1926 had been owned by August Belmont and served as farmland for some of Belmont's equestrian activities. Robert Moses chose this park to establish the regional headquarters for all state parks on Long Island in 1935, which serves the public today for region-wide permit sales, park administration and as headquarters for the New York State Park Police.

The park is primarily visited by families seeking outdoor gatherings, picnics, and informal sports activities. It provides a bucolic feeling adjacent to the Southern State Parkway at exit 38 among densely developed neighborhoods. Carll's Creek stretches 4.2 miles south to the Great South Bay with a trail for hiking and biking. Horseback riding is available through the nearby Babylon Riding Center (for information contact 631-587-7778). The 42-acre Belmont Lake is encircled by a similar path, making a total of 7.6 miles of multi-use trails.

Pedal boats, rowboats, and kayaks are available for rent on the lake through the summer. We allow kayaks and canoes to be launched from the boat dock while the boat dock is open (they can't be inflatable, must be hard bottomed, no motors, no surfboards or wakeboards, and no paddle boards). If you cannot bring your own kayak, kayak rentals are also available for a nominal fee.

The park's significant natural features include the 26-acre, spring-fed Belmont Lake and a significant wetland complex. The lake provides springtime trout fishing and summer bass fishing for the avid anglers who use the park. It is home to permanent and migratory waterfowl populations. Park visitors enjoy watching Osprey diving from high above to catch fish for their young in the spring. Other waterfowl that can be easily spotted include Northern Shovelers, Mergansers, Teal, Great Blue Heron, and Egrets.

Patrons enjoy activities such as picnicking, playgrounds, and using the various game courts and fields. The lake attracts trail walking, fishing and non-motorized boating. The 7.6 miles of trails throughout the park are available for hiking, walking, biking, nature observation and weather permitting, cross-country skiing.

Special events such as the Great Jack-O-Lantern Sail, Holiday Tree Lighting, Egg Hunt, and Fishing Expo draw the highest attendance on non-holiday weekends.

Find out more about park permit information.

Pavilion Information
Belmont Lake has four pavilions. Prices range from $200 to $250 and can accommodate up to 300 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com. Find out more about reserving picnic pavilions and view pictures of the options available (Birch, Maple, Oak).

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Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in picnic areas, boats, playgrounds, and buildings (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Belmont Lake State Park is open from sunrise to sunset, year round.
  • Picnicking, available all year.
    Pavilion rentals: All pavilions - (Maple, Birch, Pine & Oak)
  • Rowboat, Pedal Boat and Kayak Rentals: 

    Weekends & Holidays
    5/2-5/17: 11AM-4:00PM
    5/23-9/7: 12PM-5:00PM
    9/12-10/12: 11AM-4:00PM

    Monday through Friday
    6/29-9/04: 11AM-4:00PM

    Maximum 4 persons per pedal including children. Last rental is 4:00 pm, or 5:00 pm as per time of year. Boat must be returned two hours after the last rental. See rental information.

    Fishing is permitted from Rowboats Monday-Friday, 6/29-9/04, excluding holidays.

    2 persons maximum/kayak. Kayakers must be at least 18 years of age to use kayak. Children 6 years of age or older permitted with 1 adult. Kayaks must be returned after 2 hours - additional hours will be charged in increments of 2 hours/$20.00. All kayakers must wear safety vests provided by park staff, at all times. Will need (1) identification, (2) credit card to be copied (as deposit for kayak) and (3) cash or credit accepted as payment.
  • Fishing: Following DEC guidelines, available year-round. 

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

    Weekends & Holidays
    Jun 13-Oct 12: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
     
    Monday through Friday
    Jun 13-Oct 12: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Non-Profit Buses (By Permit Only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    Please call (631) 321-3515; 3776; 3777 for information regarding permits.

  • Picnicking
  • Free

    No permit is needed if group is less than 50 persons, if you are not renting a pavilion, if you are not entering with a bus, or if you are not bringing alcohol.

    Note: Picnic areas are available on a first come - first serve basis (Please see "Pavilion rentals" if you would like a guaranteed spot)

  • Group Use Permits
  • A permit is required for groups of 50+ people: Free

    A permit is required if you are entering with a bus:
    Commercial Bus: $75.00 / Non-Commercial Bus: $35.00
    *non-commercial buses can only be purchased at LISP HQ, not at park on day of event.

  • Alcohol Permit
  • Beer or Wine only: $25.00

  • Park Use Permits
  • Permit required for any organized event or activity such as Walkathons, Religious Ceremonies, Wedding/Engagement Photos, Athletics/Sports, Environmental Studies, etc.

    **All applications must be received at least 10 business days prior to the event

  • Boat Rental
  • Pedal Boats. Row Boats and Kayaks are $20/two hours (cash and credit card accepted)

    See Pedal Boat/Row Boat/Kayak rental Info
  • Metal Detecting
  • By Permit Only: $40
Sat 24 Oct
Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Sail
Saturday, October 24, 2020 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park

The 8th annual Great Jack-O'-Lantern Sail will take place at Belmont Lake State Park and features donated carved pumpkins which are lit and placed on boats that are pulled around the lake by kayaks at dusk. Children's activities include crafts, games, inflatables, funny photos and trick-or-treat stations and the not-so-scary 'Spooky Den'.

The Pumpkin Sail begins at 6:15pm.

Sat 05 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 5, 2020 04:15 PM
Belmont Lake State Park

Patrons walk through a winter wonderland on their way to the main area for the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Headquarters Building. In addition to the holiday music and tree lighting by Santa Claus there is an ice sculptor, juggler, refreshments and fireworks. The public can also visit with Santa inside the lobby of the Headquarters Building.

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