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Lake Welch Beach - Harriman State Park

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UPDATE: Effective Friday, April 24 and until further notice, the following roads will be CLOSED

  • Exit 16 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway
  • Lake Welch Drive to St. John's Road
  • Tiorati Brook Road
  • Rte. 106 from Kanawauke Circle to Rte. 17
  • Arden Valley Road
  • Perkins Memorial Drive
  • Exit 19 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway

Seven Lakes Drive Remains Open

All trail shelters are closed at this time. You can still pitch your tent within 300 ft of the shelters as per the regular guidelines.

Boat Launches are open for 2020 PIPC boat permit holders.

Attention Permit Holders: Tiorati/Welch and Island Pond boat launches are open and can be accessed from Tiorati Circle ONLY. TW and IP orange stickers MUST BE DISPLAYED on your vehicle for entry.

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

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

    5/23/20 - 6/21/20
    Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 4:00pm, picnicking only
    Sat, Sun, Holidays: 8:00am - 8:00pm, swimming allowed**
    **Swimming available from 10:00am - 5:45pm

  • Swimming Hours

    5/23/20 - 6/21/20
    Weekends/Holiday only: 10:00am - 5:45pm

    6/22/20 – 9/7/20
    Weekends/Holidays: 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Monday-Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

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

    Cash, check or credit card accepted.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Fishing
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming Beach