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Gilbert Lake State Park

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Construction Alert:  An ongoing sanitary system upgrade project will affect camping and cabins for the 2020 season. Construction will continue throughout the season. Expect periods of heavy construction during this time.  Efforts have been made to minimize the impact an disruption of services by delaying the normal opening of campsites and cabins, shifting construction timeline, and utilizing portions of the old system so cabins and campsites can be open this summer.  Although this project will cause some interruptions this year, it will provide an overall better camping and cabin experiences at Gilbert Lake.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

ALERT: Park is open, Social Distancing requirements in place.  Camping and pavilion reservations and swimming operations are canceled through May 31, 2020.


  • Historically, Central Region of NYS Parks has opened for the season Memorial Day weekend and this year will no different, albeit with a slightly different operation plan, due to Covid19.

  • The park will be limited to 50 percent capacity daily throughout the weekend.  Once capacity has been reached.  Vehicles will be stopped from entering and only be allowed to enter when another vehicle departs.

  • Visitors should come prepared for a brief stay (1 hour or less) as well as have a backup plan to recreate in the event they are turned away if the park has reached the 50 percent threshold.

  • The beach will be open, with swimming limited to shallow water only at Glimmerglass, Green Lakes, Delta Lake and Chenango Valley. The Splash Pad at Chenango Valley will be closed. Picnic areas around the beach area will not be available.

  • Groups will not be allowed to congregate on the beach and face coverings will be required around public buildings, including restrooms.

  • No concessions, fountains or amenities (ball fields, playgrounds, boat rentals) will be available.

  • NYS Parks welcomes back our patrons, but strongly urges them to follow the above plan so that everyone in Central New York has an equal opportunity to enjoy our beautiful park system and Memorial Day weekend.

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).

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open year-round, from dawn to dusk.
  • 2020 Swimming Season:┬áSaturday and Sundays only and Labor Day

  • Camping/Cabins:
    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
                  (Non electric sites #90-135): 6/19 - 9/6 - Sites 90, 91 and 108 Closed for the season.

    Due to park improvements, ALL cabins will be closed for the 2020 season. Please contact the park for updates.

  • Boat Rentals (rowboats & kayaks):
    5/23/20 - 6/14/20, weekends and holidays, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    6/15/20 - 9/7/20, daily, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    *Please note that launching is available a short distance from the parking area for personal non-motorized boats.
  • Shelter Rentals: 
    Mid-May to Columbus Day, 9 a.m. - sunset.
    Call park to reserve.

    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
  • Kayaks:
    - 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  Thursday through Monday
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee: $35
    Commercial Bus Fee: $75
    Seasonal Bus Permit: $75


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)