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Status: Open through Sun Oct 11 2015   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Apr 03 2016   Later Dates
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Take the Virtual Tour! - GILBERT LAKE STATE PARK

Gilbert Lake State Park's lake and three ponds lie in wooded, hilly terrain in the foothills of the Catskills. In addition to cabins and campsites, the park has more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails for hikers, skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoers. Playgrounds and a disc golf course, as well as swimming, boating, and fishing are also featured.


Gilbert Lake State Park is located in the foothills of the Catskills, north of Oneonta. Much of the park lies in the town of New Lisbon, in Otsego County.


Activities include biking, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, disc golf, and a softball field. In the wintertime; snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.


Park visitors enjoy the beach, the boats (the park rents boats and allows car top/hard bottom/carry down boats with permits only to be launched near the boathouse), the accessible cabins and campsites (with showers and a dumping station), the disc golf course, the playground, the food concessions, and the picnic tables.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby state parks include Glimmerglass State Park, Bowman Lake State Park, Oquaga Creek State Park, Chenango Valley State Park, and Hunt's Pond State Park. Other attractions in the vicinity include the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Soccer Hall of Fame, Farmers Museum, Howes Cavern, Hanford Mills Museum, and the Civilian Conservation Corps Exhibit and Nature Center.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Basketball
  • Basketball Net/Court
  • Biking
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Comfort Station
  • Concession
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Disk Golf
  • Dump Station
  • First Aid Station
  • Fishing
  • Frizbee Golf
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pitching
  • Hot Showers
  • Hunting
  • Nature Center
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Paddle Boating
  • Parking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Recreation Programs
  • Showers
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Accessible
  • Volleyball
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Fillup Station
Within 10 Miles
  • Cultural Activities
Alerts and Important Information
PLEASE NOTE as of July 2, 2015 County Route 12 from State Route 51 is CLOSED - follow detours and State Park directional signs.

The DEER RUN Loop offers larger campsites! Site numbers now run from 58-135.

Each year the campground makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised, due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited and therefore cannot be a guaranteed activity. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice.

To insure fairness for all NY customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 9-month Maximum Window can not be changed or cancelled until 18 days after the reservation was made.

  • Only 2 pets per site are permitted. Current rabies certificate required. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6ft at all times.
  • Chainsaws, subletting of camping areas, rollerblades, firearms, and fireworks are not allowed in the park.
  • Firewood available at park, fires are allowed in designated areas only.
  • Cartop boats allowed for seasonal or weekly fees.
  • Campers must be on site before the park closes and visitors must leave by 10 p.m. Park closes when darkness falls.
  • Water is centrally located.
  • Quiet hours 10pm to 8am.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the cabins.
  • Generators may be used between the hours of 9am to 11am and 5pm to 9pm.
  • There is an overflow parking area available for 3rd vehicles for a fee.
  • Cabins are 7 day or 14 day reservations only during PEAK season. As follows;
  • #1-12 and #17-21 Sunday to Sunday.
  • #13-16 and #22-33 Saturday to Saturday.
  • Looking to reserve a campsite for just 1-night? If you make your reservation within 3 days of your arrival you can book a 1-night stay online or through the Call Center.
  • During peak season, a camping party and their equipment may occupy a site for a maximum of 14 continuous days. After which, the camping party and equipment must leave the site and facility for 2 days before registering again for another site.

    IMPORTANT: New York State Parks encourages everyone to be safe outdoors. Please take a few moments to read about the health risks associated with tick bites and some simple steps you can take to safeguard you and your family. http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/04092014Ticks

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    42.59, -75.135
    42°35'24"N, 75°8'6"W

    GPS Address: 870 County Highway 12, Laurens, NY 13796

    PLEASE NOTE as of July 2, 2015 County Route 12 from State Route 51 is CLOSED - follow detours and State Park directional signs.

    From Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse: Thruway (I-90) East to exit 30, Herkimer; Rte 5S West to Rte 51 South. Left on County Rte 12, follow signs four miles to park entrance. From Albany: I-88 West to Rte 205 (exit 13); Rte 205 North to Laurens; County Rte 12 West to park entrance. New York: Thruway (I-87) to exit 21 (Hudson-Catskill); Rte 23 West to Oneonta; Rte 205 to Laurens; County Rte 12 to park entrance. 607-432-2114

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    18 CCC RD
    LAURENS  NY  13796

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (607)432-2114