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Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park

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The last day of swimming was Labor Day. Thank you to everyone who came to the pool this year. Stop by the park this fall, winter or spring for other great outdoor activities!

Address
2957 Crompond Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Latitude 41.283306
Longitude -73.818123

A scenic haven approximately 40 miles from New York City, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park offers day-trippers a day of fun and relaxation. The park's spacious picnic areas, which can accommodate individual families as well as large groups, may be reserved in advance. The park's mammoth pool can hold 3,500 bathers at one time! In addition the park offers a host of other activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

The park's oases of blue water, Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond, provide excellent freshwater fishing and boating. Popular catches include bass, perch, and sunfish. A New York State Freshwater Fishing License is required. Licenses can be purchased at town halls or at a variety of sporting goods stores. Both rowboats and pedal boats are available for rental; however, a regional boating permit allows visitors to launch their own rowboats, canoes or kayaks. For an additional fee, rowboat owners may also store their boats. In wintertime, the water's tree-lined border provides a winter wonderland backdrop for ice fisherman.

For those who are content to remain in the park's picnic areas, there are many other activities to enjoy. Many picnic areas have volleyball nets and many have softball fields nearby. Two NCAA regulation basketball courts and a soccerfield are available for recreational use or league play. Sports enthusiasts may wish to try their hand at Disc golf, located a short distance from the picnic areas. One can play either 9 or 18 holes. The rules and scorecards are located at the course, and loaner Frisbees are available from the park office for a refundable deposit. The park's hills and trails are perfect for winter sports. The young and the young at heart will enjoy sledding or cross-country skiing.

Picnic Map & Shelter Guide 

2016 Picnic Permit Application

2016 Park Use Information & Pool Rules  

Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near the park

  • Swimming Pool-the swimming pool at FDR is twice the size of an Olympic-sized pool and holds over 3,500 bathers at once!  A must-see during the summer.
  • Lake Mohansic and Crom Pond-picture-perfect fishing and boating.
  • Pavilions and Picnic Areas-three large, rentable pavilions and 24 large, rentable picnic areas--perfect for get-togethers in any weather
  • Playground-newly renovated huge playground with climbing walls and rocks, swings and more!
  • Regulation basketball courts-two NCAA regulation courts with stadium spectator seating are available for recreational use or league play
  • Disc Golf Course-located a short distance from the picnic areas.  Play either 9 or 18 holes.  Rules and scorecards are located at the course, and loaner Frisbees are available from the park office.
  • Concession Stands-two food and beverage concession stands located in the park, one by the pool and one by the basketball courts.

Household pets only, caged or on a leash not more than 10 feet. Pets are not permitted in buildings, picnic areas, playing fields, or swimming pool complex. We provide materials so you can clean up after your pet.

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open daily from 8 am - sunset, year round
  • Lot #1, Commuter Lot is open weekdays 6am to 9pm and follows park hours weekends and holidays.

  • Park Office Hours - Office is open daily year round
    Winter: 8am-4:00pm
    Summer: Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 8am-6pm

  • 2016 Swimming Season (Pool): June 25 - September 5, daily

    Monday-Friday: 11 am - 5:30pm (Last ticket sale - 5 pm)
    Weekends/Holidays: 11 am - 6:30pm (Last ticket sale - 6 pm)
  • Row Boats/Pedal Boat Rentals - 6/18/16 - 9/5/16, weekends & holidays only, 10am-7pm

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.

  • Vehicle Use Fee (VUF)
  • $8 per vehicle *pool additional
    Non-Profit Bus: $35 (requires tax exempt certificate)
    Commercial Bus: $75

    Collected:
    5/21-6/12, weekends & holidays
    6/13-9/5, daily
    9/6-10/16, weekends & holidays
  • Swimming Pool
  • $3 for all ages; credit cards accepted

    2015 Pool Rules
  • Reserved Picnic Shelters/Table Areas
  • $30 per 50 people

    Additional $25 flat fee for Area 3BS
    Additional $50 flat fee for Area 6CS
    Additional $100 flat fee for Area 4BS

    Picnic Reservations

  • Special Events Permit
  • $30/50 patrons (For hosting large events September through June)
  • Tac. Region Boat Permit
  • $30 (To place boat on lakes in the Taconic Park Region)
  • 7-Day Boating Permit
  • $10 (To place boat on lakes in the Taconic Park Region)
  • Lake Access Key
  • $35 (To store boat at FDR State Park)
  • Rowboats
  • $40 cash deposit: $10 per hour (1-2 hours)
    Over 2 hrs: $25 per day Cash Only
  • Paddleboats
  • $40 cash deposit: $5 per half-hour (2 hr. max)
    Cash Only

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Highlights of Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park encompasses two water bodies, Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond, which provide recreational boating and are home to many native fishes, including largemouth bass, yellow perch, and bluegill.
  • A red maple-hardwood swamp covers 179-acres of land, which is almost 1/5 of the Park. Try to identify the many beautifully unique dragonfly species that can be found in and around the Park wetland.
  • The Hudson Valley's lower Hudson River watershed, where Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park is located, provides about 10% of the drinking water for New York City through the East of the Hudson Reservoir System. Bio-retention basins located around the Park, and planned construction of a new green parking lot, will help filter and protect this drinking water.

What will you see? Plan your visit today!

 

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

These birds will be found near the lake and you could encounter them while boating:

 Everyone is a Steward: Be a Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park Hero!

  • Be sure to place your waste in trash bags and dispose of the bags in the available dumpsters.
  • Do not transport wildlife between locations within the Park or leave unwanted animals in the Park.
  • Use designated trails and paths between Park locations to safely avoid car traffic.
  • Keep your dog on a leash to protect ground nesting birds and small mammals in the woods.
  • Learn about invasive species and volunteer for removal projects – check out our calendar for a list of upcoming events.
  • If you bring your own grill, leave leftover charcoal in the Park grills instead of on the ground.
  • Remember, your actions have impacts the environment, wildlife, and even drinking water! "Great power involves great responsibility." – Franklin D. Roosevelt

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

 

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: What should I know about the Park's wetlands?

A: Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park is one of the best places in New York to see a red maple-hardwood swamp. Our wetlands are home to a variety of animals, including many species of odonates (dragonflies and damselflies), birds, white-tailed deer, and Eastern coyotes.

Q: What kinds of wild animals are in the woods? Are they dangerous?

A: Many of the animals commonly seen in New York State backyards can be found in our park, including white-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, and song birds. The species that may cause some alarm are coyotes and snapping turtles – however, these animals will generally not come in contact with humans and would prefer to be left alone. Dragonflies, despite their name, are harmless and beautiful creatures. Be respectful of our wildlife, keep a safe distance, and they will not bother you.

Q: What can I do at the Park besides swim in the pool and have a picnic?

A: Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond offer a beautiful boating and fishing experience. You can find many types of fish, birds, and mammals in the area, including great blue herons and beavers. Secluded and serene Crom Pond can only be accessed through the water trail connecting it to Mohansic Lake.

 

Did You Know?

- DID YOU KNOW? In 1782, French troops camping in Yorktown created the current outlet from Crom Pond in return for firewood and camping rights.

- CHECK IT OUT! New rustic benches scattered around the Park's 18-hole disc golf course are made out of Black Locust wood from trees that fell during recent severe storms, a great re-use of Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park wood!

- DID YOU KNOW? Bobcats have been spotted in some areas of the park!

 

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Did You Know? The pool holds 1.5 million gallons, more than twice the size of an Olympic sized pool.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Pool (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs
  • Sledding (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing