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Darien Lakes State Park

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The beach will be closed on Monday, August 29th through Friday, September 2nd.

10475 Harlow Road
Darien Center, NY 14040
Latitude 42.903130
Longitude -78.432938

Darien Lakes State Park's terrain is hilly with woodlands, ravines, streams and 12-acre Harlow Lake. The park has a total of 154 campsites, 141 with electricity and 13 primitive sites without. Also available are heated comfort stations and showers, a beach, playgrounds, fishing, hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas and a rustic bridge over the lake channel to Picnic Island. In winter, multiple-use trails are open for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Darien also has two picnic shelters available for a fee by reservation only.

Tent/Trailer Campsite 2016: Information and Rules

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Household pets, caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet long with a current rabies certificate are permitted. No pets allowed on the beach, day use areas, or park buildings. For campers there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open daily from 6am to 10pm.
  • 2016 Swimming Season: Beach open from 6/18 - 9/5, 11am-6:45pm daily. Weather and conditions permitting

  • 2016 Camping Season: 5/6 - 10/16 **Closing dates for camping is the last night patrons can stay.

  • Deer and small game hunting is permitted in season with a park permit.
  • Shelters are available for reservation from May - mid-October. 6 am - 10 pm, daily.

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.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Camping
  • $18 - $30/night

    *Out of state resident fee for camping, per night: $5
  • Shelters
  • $50/day - Shelter 1
    $80/day - Shelter 2

    Available 5/1 - 10/16. Please call park office for reservations
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $6-Beach Closed
    Cars $7-Beach Open
    Non-Profit Buses $35
    Commercial Buses $75
  • Wood Permit
  • $10/day (when available)


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.

Highlights of Darien Lakes State Park:

  • Harlow Lake is a great family friendly place for fishing. Recently restored, the pond is habitat for large-mouth bass and yellow perch, as well as various species of waterfowl and aquatic life.
  • Eleven Mile Creek runs through the park and cuts a ravine out of the shale exposing distinct fossils from the Devonian era, also known as the "Age of Fish," which lasted from 417 million to 354 million years ago.
  • Many old apple orchards can be found throughout the park, feeding lots of wildlife species in the fall.
  • Some areas of the park have a wild feel...

What will you see? Plan your visit today!

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Everyone is a Steward: Be a Darien Lakes State Park Hero!

  • Know the rules and concerns for the area you'll be visiting.
  • Use a map and compass instead of flagging, rock cairns, or marking paint.
  • Hike and camp on established, durable trails and campsites.
  • Leave all natural objects as you find them.
  • Be careful with your fire.
  • Respect wildlife and observe from a distance.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: What is succession?

A: Succession is the process of change in the species structure of an ecological community over time. It begins with pioneering plants and animals and develops with increasing complexity until it becomes a stable or self-perpetuating climax community. These changes typically occur after a disturbance or initial colonization of new habitat. Several successional habitat communities can be viewed at Darien.

Q: Is it okay to go off the trails?

A: No, staying on the trails is very important. Off-trail use can degrade the fine textured soils of the silver maple ash and beech maple mesic forest and cause erosion. You may also trample vegetation.

Q: Are any rare species found here?

A: Surveys conducted did not find any rare species, but historical records indicate that the old field and successional shrubland habitat within the park provide potential breeding grounds for rare grassland birds species, such as Henslow's Sparrow, Northern Harrier and Upland Sandpiper. Shrubland habitat is a plant community characterized by shrubs, but often also includes grasses and herbs.

Did You Know?

- DID YOU KNOW? A bird house for purple martins was erected near Harlow Lake in the spring of 2013 and has already fledged a number of birds.

- DID YOU KNOW? Darien Lakes State Park was originally called Harlow Lake and Park.


Anyone interested in hunting at Darien Lakes State Park is required to have a permit. All permits need to be reviewed and signed by an employee of Darien Lakes State Park and will be available at our Camping office until October 18th, 2015 from at least 10am until 530pm. After October 18th they will be available at the Park office, it is suggested that you call in advance to make sure we are available. All NYS Office of Parks and NYS DEC rules and regulations apply, you are responsible for making sure you are in compliance.

Both small and big game hunting are allowed and the permit will include both. West of Eleven Mile Creek is off limits to gun hunting, however there are areas where bow hunting is allowed in the gun restricted areas. Hunters may camp in the park while the campground is open. They must keep equipment locked in their vehicles while in the campground and day use areas.

Permanent tree stands are not allowed, however, climbing stands may be used providing that they do not damage the trees and are removed by dusk on the last day of deer season ( The permit also allows hunters using dogs to hunt to have them off leash while in the act of hunting or training East of Eleven Mile Creek.

Hunting is prohibited in the campground, day use areas, and disc golf course.

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Did You Know? Darien Lakes State Park was originally called Harlow Lake and Park.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations
  • Grills
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Recreation Programs
  • Snowmobiling
  • X-Country Skiing