Lake Taghkanic State Park, nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia County, offers a wonderful variety of recreational activities. The park has tent and trailer campsites and cabin and cottage lodging facilities. Large trucks, RVs and campers can enter from the Route 82 entrance. The park also features a swimming beach, picnic areas, boat launch sites, rowboat, paddleboat and kayak rentals, playgrounds, sports playing fields, a rentable pavilion, as well as a recreation hall and showers. In addition, the park has hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, hunting, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Ice skating and ice fishing are permitted when conditions are appropriate. Please call the park office at (518) 851-3631 to check ice thickness.
There are four Vacation Rental Cottages that have the amenities of home. The units are outfitted with a bathroom with toilet and shower, a kitchen with hot and cold running water, refrigerator, stove, microwave, cooking and eating utensils, enclosed/screened-in back porch facing the water, a picnic table and fire ring. Lake Taghkanic accepts Camping Gift Cards from Reserve America. The Camping and Cabins Information & Rates brochure provides prices and locations on campgrounds, cabins and cottages as well as how to reserve on Reserve America.
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Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are not permitted in the West Beach area or the picnic areas adjacent to the West Beach. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings (including Cabins and Cottages), golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).
The park is open year round:
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day: 8 am to sunset.
Labor Day through Memorial Day: Sunrise to sunset.
2023 Swimming Season
West Beach (East Beach is closed)
5/27 - 6/18: 10 am - 7 pm, weekends only and Memorial Day (5/29)
6/24 - 9/4: 10 am - 6 pm, Monday - Friday; 10 am - 7 pm, weekends/holidays
Boat Permits: Weekly and season permits are available;
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.
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Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.
In the years 1928-29 the Taconic State Park Commission considered the suitability of Lake Charlotte for park purposes. This lake was given to the Commission together with some uplands by D. McRa Livingston providing the lake be renamed Taghkanic. In 1933, with the advent of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a camp was established and with the appointment of capable carpenters and masons to oversee the work, members of the CCC built the East Beach bathhouse, the beach, camping and cabin area and the water tower.
Today, the East Beach is not in operation, however the West Beach, with fully equipped bathing facility, secluded picnic areas, informal game areas, and boat rentals for paddling, rowing or fishing, round out a day's stay at Lake Taghkanic State Park.
Hunting is permitted in the park by means of bow and arrow only. No firearms are allowed. Park permit is required.