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Moreau Lake State Park

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Moreau Lake State Park's lake lies amid hardwood forests, pine stands and rocky ridges. Shady groves of trees shelter picnic grounds and a pavilion overlooking the lake. Wooded campgrounds are quiet and secluded, offering facilities for group campers, as well as tent and trailer sites. Two pavilions, each with a 120-person capacity and a 20'x30' tent which can accommodate up to 75 people, may be reserved on a daily basis. The sandy beach, nature, hiking and cross-country ski trails, opportunities for boating, fishing and ice fishing, and proximity to the Saratoga Springs and Lake George areas make the park attractive to visitors. 

In the summer, beach lounges, beach umbrella and fishing gear can be rented. In the winter, snowshoes are available for rent daily.

Located on the beach road is our vacation rental. The Lake Shore Cottage provides everything from a refrigerator, stove, dishes and utensils to a screened porch, bathroom with shower, bedding, pillows and a cozy fireplace.

See calendar of events for program information. Programs are weather permitting and are subject to change. Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location.  There is a program fee of $2 adults and children and $1 for seniors.

Shelter and Tent Rental Information--Application

New! Moreau Lake State Park now has 7 accessible campsites intended for use by persons with disabilities. At least one member of a camping party must be in need of the accommodation. The sites will support power equipment for those with a legitimate medical need (documentation from a physician is required). Please contact the Park Manager for more information at 518-793-0511.

 

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

 

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, rabies vaccination and proof of same required. Not permitted in buildings or bathing areas. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round.
  • The beach is open for swimming from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 10 am - 6 pm, daily.
  • Beach Lounges/Umbrellas: 5/23 - 9/7, daily.
  • Boat/Kayak Rental: 5/23-9/7, daily.
  • Picnic Shelter: 5/1 - 10/18. Advance reservations available.

  • Tent Rental: 5/1 - 10/18

  • 2016 Camping Season: 5/6 - 10/13
    Reservations through Reserve America: 1-800-456-2267.
    Camping loop open and close dates vary, check Reserve America for dates.
  • Campground Cottage/Lakeshore Cottage: 5/6 - 10/13
    Through Reserve America, $50 Security Deposit required.
    Campers and tents not allowed on cabin site.
    Check In: 3 pm. Check Out: 11 am. Week starts on Friday.
    Pets not permitted.
  • Sunset Cabin: 5/6 - 10/13
    Through Reserve America, $100 Security Deposit required.
    Campers and tents not allowed on cabin site.
    Check In: 3 pm. Check Out: 11 am. Week starts on Friday.
    Pets not permitted

  • Fish Pole/Tackle Rental: 5/30 - 9/5, daily.

  • Hunting is permitted in a limited area in season, please contact the park for more information.
  • Snowshoe Rental: in season $5/half day $10/whole day
    Cross Country Skiing: During winter season, weather conditions permitting.
  • Vehicle access in the winter months is limited.
    No motors of any kind are permitted on the lake year-round.

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 Entrance Fee
  • 5/7 – 5/21 (collected weekends & holidays) - $6/car
    5/28 - 9/5 (collected daily) - $8/car
    9/10 - 10/10 (collected weekends & holidays) - $6/car

  • Camping
  • $18 site daily/$2.75 Walk-in Charge
    $4 per night weekend Fee on Friday/Saturday and Holidays
    $9 Reservation Fee charged by Reserve America
    2 Tents, 2 Cars, 6 People, up to 2 household pets or 1 Camper, 1 Tent, 6 People, up to 2 household pets Must bring proof of rabies vaccination for all pets (NOT TAGS)

    $5 Non-NYS resident additonal fee

    Group Camping: $95 per night - 6 cars, 8 tents, 35 people, 2 pets permitted

  • Reservations
  • For Reservations Contact: Reserve America 1-800-456-CAMP(2267)
    www.reserveamerica.com 
    *Reservations are strongly recommended for weekend stays*

  • Cottages
  • Cottages: Rented on a weekly basis only - Friday to Friday

    Lakeshore Cottage: Sleeps 6 people, 2 cars, no pets/ no smoking/no tents or campers allowed
    $100 Security Deposit Req.
    5/6 - 5/26: $400 per week
    5/27 - 6/16: $575 per week
    6/17 - 7/21: $800 per week
    7/22 - 9/8: $1,000 per week
    9/9 - 10/13: $400 per week

    Campground Cottage
    : Sleeps 4 people, 2 cars, no pets/no smoking/no tents or campers allowed
    $100 Security Deposit Req.
    5/6 - 5/26: $400 per week
    5/27 - 7/21: $525 per week
    7/22 - 9/8: $650 per week
    9/9 - 10/13: $400 per week

  • Cabins
  • Sunset Cabin: Sleeps 4 people, 2 cars, no pets/no smoking/no tents or campers allowed
    $100 Security Deposit Req.
    5/6 – 5/26 - $300 per week
    5/27 - 7/21: $425 per week
    7/22 - 9/8: $550 per week
    9/9 - 10/13: $300 per week

    Non-NYS resident fee $25/week
    Weekly rentals only Fri-Fri

  • Tent Rental
  • $100/day
    *Vehicle entrance fee not included

    Tent (20' x 30')
    Capacity: 50-75
    Electricity: No 

    For Group Camping, Pavilion and Tent Rentals Contact the Park Office at (518) 793 - 0511
  • Picnic Shelters
  • $150/day
    *Vehicle entrance fee not included

  • Boat and Kayak Rental
  • $20/2 hours
    $30/4 hours
    +$25 cash security deposit required for all boat and kayak rentals.


  • Beach Lounges/Umbrellas
  • Lounge Chairs and Umbrellas: $8/day, each
  • Fishing Poles
  • $8/day
  • Environmental Education Program Fees
  • Adults: $2
    Children (under 12) & Seniors (over 62): $1
    Special Programs & School Groups: $3/person
    Credit Cards Not Accepted for Programs – Cash and Check Only

    Friends Group Members: Free
    If you paid the Vehicle Entrance Fee: Programs are free (excluding cost for kayak rentals)
    Campers are charged for programs.
  • Seasonal Boat Storage Permits
  • $45
  • Snowshoe Rental
  • $5 per 1/2 day or $10 per day

Additional Documents

Key BCA Criteria:

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

- Species at risk site

The Moreau Lake BCA is within Moreau Lake State Park. Moreau Lake BCA is a stopover site for Neotropical migratory songbirds especially forest dwelling migrants during both spring and fall migrations. The site supports a diversity of birds associated with upland forest. It is also a significant wintering site for the state and federally threatened Bald Eagle and regularly supports state threatened Pied-billed Grebe (possible breeder) and Northern Harrier (spring and fall migration); and state species of special concern Cooper's Hawk (possible breeder) and Red-shouldered Hawk (probable breeder).

Download a copy of the BCA map.

 

Deer hunting is permitted in a limited area in season. Moreau Lake State Park follows the dates of the New York State hunting seasons.

Hunting is not permitted within 500 feet of any building, road, playground, or parking lot, and all trails are considered safety zones where hunting is not allowed.

Wed 27 Jul
Moreau Learn-to-Swim: Session 2
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Moreau Lake State Park will holding its 3rd season of FREE Learn to Swim Lessons. This program is made possible through a partnership between the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the American Red Cross, National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Northeast Spa and Pool Association.

Monday – Thursday. July 25th - August 4th
10:15a.m. – 11:00a.m. OR 5:00p.m. – 5:45p.m.

Children 6 months - 3 years. (A guardian must be in the water with all children in this lesson.)

Children 3 years – 5 years (guardians will not be in the water, children must be comfortable being in the water with the teachers, guardian must be on beach for entire lesson)

Children 6 years – 9 years (must be comfortable with water without PFD, and interested in learning strokes and techniques. Guardian must be on beach for entire lesson)

Registration: Must be in person to sign all children up. (At Moreau Lake State Park Office) Saturday June 4th, 2016 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm Spaces are limited.

Registration: Required
Wed 27 Jul
Moreau Lake Fishing
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Learn from the best... and sign up to fish with Gary. Gary has been fishing his whole life and wants to pass on some special knowledge. He knows every inch of Moreau Lake and if you are lucky he'll share some fishing hot spots! Only 2 seats are available in his boat for these special adventures. Please call to reserve one, 518-793-0511.
Wed 27 Jul
Fish Filleting Demo
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 01:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to perfectly filet a freshly caught fish? Come and have a lesson from the Park Naturalist, who has mastered the skill. No reservation necessary.
Thu 28 Jul
Moreau Learn-to-Swim: Session 2
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Moreau Lake State Park will holding its 3rd season of FREE Learn to Swim Lessons. This program is made possible through a partnership between the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the American Red Cross, National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Northeast Spa and Pool Association.

Monday – Thursday. July 25th - August 4th
10:15a.m. – 11:00a.m. OR 5:00p.m. – 5:45p.m.

Children 6 months - 3 years. (A guardian must be in the water with all children in this lesson.)

Children 3 years – 5 years (guardians will not be in the water, children must be comfortable being in the water with the teachers, guardian must be on beach for entire lesson)

Children 6 years – 9 years (must be comfortable with water without PFD, and interested in learning strokes and techniques. Guardian must be on beach for entire lesson)

Registration: Must be in person to sign all children up. (At Moreau Lake State Park Office) Saturday June 4th, 2016 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm Spaces are limited.

Registration: Required
Thu 28 Jul
Kneehigh Naturalists
Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This class is intended for children ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians. We will discover different themes of nature with a short story and hands on experiences. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Cabins
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Cottages
  • Dumping Stations
  • Food
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing