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Lake Welch Beach - Harriman State Park

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Seasonal Road Closure

The following roads are now closed from December 1st to April 1st: • Palisades Interstate Parkway, Exit 16 - Lake Welch Drive and Tiorati Brook Rd • Perkins Memorial Drive at Bear Mountain State Park • Rt 106 from Rt 17 to Kanawauke Traffic Circle (you can still access the Kanawauke Picnic Area from the traffic circle) Access to the park is still available from Seven Lakes Drive in Sloatsburg, as well as Exits 15 and 18 off the Palisades Parkway.

800 Kanawaukee Road
Stony Point, NY 10980
Latitude 41.232780200599997
Longitude -74.080595307999999

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Road Closures

Arden Valley Road is still closed for thru traffic due to ongoing bridge repairs. There is no access to or from Rt 17. In order to get to Island Pond or the Elk Pen Hikers Lot, you can access Arden Valley Road off of the Tiorati Circle only.

Restrooms Closed

Restrooms are closed for the winter and will reopen by the end of April. The only restroom in Harriman State Park that is available year round is located at Silvermine Picnic Area.

Lake Welch Beach State Park's man-made Lake Welch, with its half-mile-long sandy beach in the wooded hills of the Ramapo Mountains, is the largest beach in Harriman State Park. Originally a small body of water with farmland around the edges, Lake Welch became the large lake that it is today when a dam was completed in 1942. The park offers cool breezes, swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and camping in adjacent Beaver Pond Campground. Winter activities include ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Please note that alcohol is not permitted at this site.


Current Water Quality - Beach Results


No Pets permitted.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round - dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

  • Hours of Operation
    10/12/21 - 4/22/22
    Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:00pm, picnicking only. No swimming or wading allowed.
    Closed Weekends & holidays

    4/23/22 - 5/27/22
    Daily: 8:00am-4:00pm, picnicking only. No swimming or wading allowed.

    5/28/22 - 6/19/22
    Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:00pm, picnicking only.
    Sat, Sun, Holidays: 7:00am-8:00pm, picnicking and swimming**

    **Swimming available from 10:00am-5:45pm

    6/20/22 - 9/5/22
    Mon-Fri: 8:00am-8:00pm, picnicking and swimming**
    Sat, Sun, Holidays: 7:00am-8:00pm, picnicking and swimming**

    **Swimming available M-F from 10:00am-5:45pm and weekends and holidays from 9:00am-6:45pm

    9/6/22 – 10/10/22
    Daily: 8:00am-4:00pm, picnicking only. No swimming or wading allowed.

    10/11/22 – 4/21/23
    Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:00pm, picnicking only. Beach/Sand is closed. No swimming or wading allowed. 
    Closed weekends and Holidays.

  • Swimming Hours

    5/28/22 - 6/19/22
    Weekends/Holiday only: 10:00am - 5:45pm

    6/20/22 – 9/5/22
    Weekends/Holidays: 9:00am - 6:45pm
    Monday-Friday: 10:00am - 5:45pm

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.

  • Metal Detecting Permit
  • $20 per permit

    Cash, check or credit card accepted.
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $10/car parking fee (cash only) applied during the Swimming season from:
    8:00 AM to 4:00 PM weekdays
    7:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekends/holidays

    Bus Permits:
    Commercial: $100
    Non-profit: $60
    On Site: $150

    Cash, check or credit card accepted.

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