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Hempstead Lake State Park

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1000 Lake Drive
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Latitude 40.682314001199998
Longitude -73.642421507799995

Hempstead Lake State Park is a multiuse facility. Included are 18 tennis courts, 6 pickleball courts, children's playgrounds, basketball courts, bridle trails for horseback riding, hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand-carved wooden carousel. There is a picnic pavilion available to rent for large parties through the Permit Department. Additionally, Hempstead offers rentals of the Carousel Party Room by appointment.  For a rental fee of $350.00 for a three-hour event, guests are also offered unlimited carousel rides during their party.

There are three ponds that are accessible for fishing. On Hempstead Lake, the largest lake in Nassau County, you are permitted to use cartop and inflatable boats (certified by the National Marine Manufacturer's Association) with an annual permit issued from the Park. McDonald Pond, South Pond, and Hempstead Lake are stocked with trout in the fall and you may target trout year-round. Other species present include largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bullhead catfish, black crappie, yellow perch, carp, and sunfish.

Pavilion Information
Hempstead Lake has one pavilion, ranging in price from $200 on a weekday to $250 on a weekend or holiday. It can accommodate up to 300 people. Check availability at Find out more on picnic pavilion reservations and see photos of the Philip Scott Pavilion.

UPDATE: The Philip Scott Pavilion and the Carousel Party Room will not be available for rental this year. The carousel remains closed and an opening date has not yet been set.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are always to be supervised 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

  • Open year-round. Sunrise to Sunset.
  • Tennis: All weather courts: Available year-round (please contact the park before visiting to verify hours)
    4/12 - 5/21: 8am - Sunset, Daily
    5/22 - 9/6: 8am - Sunset (M - F) and 7 am - Sunset (SS & holidays)
    9/7 - 11/2: 8am - Sunset, Daily
  • Fishing: Available year-round. Valid NY State fishing license required for patrons 16 yrs. or older.
  • Boat Permit: Sold in park office. Boat and life jacket must be inspected. Please call for appointment: (516) 766-1029

    Model Boat Permit: Sold in park office. Valid NAMBA membership card must be presented.
  • Picnicking: Year-round, sunrise to sunset. Permit required for groups of 50 or more. No fee for permit.
  • Tennis: Clay Courts - Available 4/13 - 11/3, Weather permitting.
    Courts close at sunset.
  • Carousel and Gift Shop: 4/3 - 10/11, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

    4/3 - 5/18: 12pm-6pm
    5/22- 9/6: 12pm 7pm
    9/11 - 10/11: 12pm-6pm

    Carousel Pavilion Building party room rentals for: Birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, etc. Contact Park Office: (516) 766-1029.

    UPDATE: The Philip Scott Pavilion and the Carousel Party Room will not be available for rental this year. The carousel remains closed and an opening date has not yet been set.

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
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    2021 Fee Collected:

    Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Weekends/ Holidays, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Weekend collections start 4/3/21 until 3/30/21

    Daily collections start 5/31/21 until 9/6//21 
    Weekend collections until 10/11/21
  • Carousel
  • $2 per ride, 4/3 - 10/11, weekends & holidays

  • Permits
  • Boat Permit:

    Model Boat Permit:
  • Tennis Information:
  • Tennis and Pickleball:

    Tennis  (All Weather) $6 per hour

    Tennis (Clay):
    $8 per hour

    Tennis Tournament:
    Singles: $12
    Doubles: $15
    Registration Fee Collected 5/1 - 6/30.

    $6 per hour


Digital Maps

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Sat 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Saturday, January 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

Get outside to celebrate the new year with a guided hike around the bridle trail where we will explore the nature that surrounds Hempstead Lake.

Please dress for the weather, bring water, and bring comfortable walking shoes.

Meet at Field 1, Hempstead Lake State Park Environmental Education and Resiliency Center. Approximately 3 mile, moderate hike. No pets allowed. For inquiries, please email:

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Tennis (Accessible)