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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

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Prohibited Activities

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

Winter Nature Programs Nassau County

Winter Nature Programs Suffolk County

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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 04 Feb
Tracks & Traces
Saturday, February 4, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Exploring the forest can be exciting during the winter. Learn how to ‘read the signs' animals leave behind, then take a hike as we search for tracks and traces to figure out what animals live at the Preserve! To Register, please visit EventBrite.com.
Sun 05 Feb
House Tours
Sunday, February 5, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today. Tours of the historic Nicoll Grist Mill are included and will be offered after your house tour. Recommended for children 8+. Tours are offered on the first and third Sunday of the month, September-June. Reservations are required: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nys-parks-long-island-environmental-education-33908178297
Wed 08 Feb
Tiny Tots: Heart 2 Heart
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 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. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nys-parks-long-island-environmental-education-33908178297
Sat 11 Feb
Black History Month- The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Basquiat painted many self-portraits. Through these works, he explored his identity as an African-American man. His paintings were also tributes to African American historical figures, jazz musicians, sports personalities and writers. Together we'll use his art as inspiration to create our own self portrait. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com.
Sun 12 Feb
Valentine's Day Ice Candles
Sunday, February 12, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Looking for a fun winter craft? Join us! We'll use hot wax and cold ice to create a unique candle for you to decorate, with a Valentine's Day theme! Appropriate for ages 8 and up. To Register, please visit EventBrite.com.

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Amenities Information

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