Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Gilbert Lake State Park

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18 CCC Road
Laurens, NY 13796
Latitude 42.57272
Longitude -75.12817

Gilbert Lake State Park's lake and three ponds lie in wooded, hilly terrain in the foothills of the Catskills. In addition to cabins and campsites, the park has more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails for hikers, skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoers. Playgrounds and a disc golf course, as well as swimming, boat rentals, boating (car top/hard bottom boats) and fishing are also featured.

Gilbert Lake is also home to the New York State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.   

New! Thanks to a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a Hippocampe Beach/All Terrain wheelchair is now available at Gilbert Lake State Park to access beach and trails.

Pavilion Information
Gilbert Lake has three pavilions. Prices range from $100 to $250 and can accommodate 40 to 200 people. Check availability at

Current Water Quality - Beach Results.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and 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 playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals). Beginning in 2021, NO PETS will be allowed in Cabins 1,10,16,20, 31 and 32.

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open year-round, from dawn to dusk. Office hours have changed. For assistance, call 607-432-2114. 
  • 2020 Swimming Season: 

    Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daily until Labor Day.  Currently closed until Summer 2021.
  • Camping/Cabins:

    Due to park improvements, ALL cabins are closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. Please contact the park for updates.

    Contact Park Office for Camp Ground operational plan information.   
    Contact Reserve America for 2021 reservation information at: or 1-800-456-CAMP (2267) 

    135 Campsites, maximum of 6 people/site.
    33 Cabins available; 7-14 day reservation during peak season

    Hilltop (sites #1-57): 5/22 - 9/6 - Sites 38 and 51-57 Closed for the season
    Deer Run (Electric sites #58-89): 6/19 - 9/6 Closed for the season.
                  (Non electric sites #90-135): 6/19 - 9/6 - Sites 90, 91 and 108 Closed for the season.
  • Boat Rentals (single, double kayaks and paddle boards):  

    Boat Rentals Currently Unavailable Until 2021 Season

    *Please note that launching is available a short distance from the parking area for personal non-motorized boats.
  • Shelter Rentals: 

    Shelter rentals are closed for 2020.

    2021 shelter reservations (mid-May to Columbus Day) must be made through or 1-800-456-2267

    Briggs Shelter & Kitchen, capacity 60
    Large Shelter, capacity 200
    Beach Shelter, capacity 40

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.

  • Beach/Swimming
  • Included in day use/vehicle entry fee
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boat Rentals Are Currently Unavailable Until Summer 2021:

    Regular Rates When Available:
    - Single: $10/hour
    - Double: $15/hour
    Row Boats: $7/hour 
  • Campsites/Cabins
  • Campsites:
    *Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons

    Daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
    Cabins: $406 - $540/week
    Additional $28/week for Non-NYS resident patrons
    Additional $7/day for Non-NYS resident patrons

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars:  $7 during swimming season. You may pay with cash/credit or by one of the many NYS Admission Programs.
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee: $35/day (Seasonal Bus Permit $75)
    Commercial Bus Fee: $75/Day


Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Rentals
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging (Accessible)
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)