The Third Annual Geocache Challenge will begin Memorial Day and continue through Veterans Day 2014, with prizes at all 16 parks and historic sites within the Saratoga-Capital District Region. Please see the flyer for details. Download the 2014 Geocache Challenge Passport here. (Please Note: The 2014 Geocache Passport prints best when printed two-sided, flipped on short side.)
Located in the scenic Schoharie Valley, Mine Kill State Park overlooks the NY Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. Providing good fishing opportunities, the lower reservoir is stocked with trout and walleye, and has several other species, including bass and is ideal for motor boating, kayaking and water skiing.
Minekill State Park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost to campers with a valid camping permit. Swim lessons are taught in the summer months--please contact the park office for details. Other warm weather activities include hiking and mountain biking on the parks 8 miles of trails. The park also hosts sessions of the Headwaters Soccer Camp in its regulation sized athletic fields. League play is also welcome.
Cascading 80 feet through a narrow gorge is the picturesque Mine Kill Falls for which the park is named. A separate parking area, 1/4 miles south of the parks' main entrance, provides access to the overlook viewing platforms, as well as the Long Path hiking trail to the lower falls and beyond. In winter, visitors enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
A boating permit is no longer needed to access the Blenheim-Gilboa Lower Reservoir at Mine Kill State Park. Every boater is required to wash their boat using the park's hot water boat wash station before and after entering the reservoir, and sign in at the park office or ticket booth. The boat launch is open from 7:30 am to 6pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and from 7:30am to 3pm during May and September. For more information, please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690.
In the fall bow hunting for deer is allowed by permit only. Hunting permits are issued by the New York Power Authority via a lottery system. Please call the Power Authority Visitor Center for more details.
Have you ever played disc golf?
If not, come out to Mine Kill State Park to learn all about this incredibly popular sport! Disc golf is very similar to traditional golf, with each player beginning from a tee and trying to reach a target in the fewest strokes possible. However, disc golfers use a variety of plastic discs instead of a ball and clubs, and try to get the disc to land in an elevated basket with chains called a "pole-hole." Both driving and putting discs may be rented at the Mine Kill pool or park office with a $10 deposit. Discs may also be purchased at either office at $10 per disc. The first hole begins next to the pool parking area in the open ball field. Please sign the register at the information kiosk and fill out a feedback form to let us know what you think about the course. If you would like to learn more about disc golf, please join park staff every Monday at 4:30 for a free, "learn-to-play" clinic. Players may also participate in the weekly Doubles League following the clinic beginning at 5:30. Please contact the park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information and see you at the course!