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Status: Open through Sat Oct 17 2015   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sat Apr 02 2016   Later Dates
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Take the Virtual Tour! - LAKE TAGHKANIC STATE PARK

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 camping facilities, two beaches, picnic grounds and a boat launch. In addition, the park has hiking, biking, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Ice skating and ice fishing are permitted when conditions are appropriate. Environmental education programs are offered year round.


Lake Taghkanic State Park is located in Columbia County, right off of the Taconic State Parkway, 11 miles southeast of Hudson.


Endless winter and summer activity options await park visitors, from lounging on the beach, biking, boating, fishing, hiking, and hunting in the warm months, to wintertime ice fishing, ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Amazing scenic views throughout the park.


The park features two beaches, boat launch sites, rowboat, paddleboat and kayak rentals, cabins, campsites, picnic areas, playgrounds, playing fields, pavilion, recreation hall and showers. Four vacation rental cottages offer the amenities of home.

Nearby Attractions:

Taconic State Park's Copake Falls Area, Olana State Historic Site, and Clermont State Historic Site are nearby.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Concession
  • Cottages
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • First Aid Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Showers
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Laundry
  • Nature Center
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Paddle Boating
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Sail Boating
  • Showers
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Volleyball
  • Water Drinking
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Auto Touring/Scenic Rtes
  • Bait
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Churches
  • Convenience Store
  • Cultural Activities
  • Dump Station
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Ice Sales
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Museum
  • Restaurant
  • Sail Boarding
  • Shopping
  • Tennis Court
Alerts and Important Information
The West Beach and Bathhouse is scheduled to be open weekends only from Memorial Day weekend through the end of June, then daily through Labor Day weekend. The East Beach and Bathhouse is scheduled to be closed all season. Please check back here or contact the park directly for further updates and details.

DID YOU KNOW you save 15-20% by reserving a weeknight* campsite? (*Sunday-Thursday, excluding holidays)

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.


  • You must be 21yrs old to reserve and occupy a cabin or cottage. ID is required.
  • All cabins and cottages are SMOKE and PET FREE.
  • Cabins and Standard Cottages are 7 or 14 day reservations only from end of June to the end of August. Saturday to Saturday Only!
  • All units have a stove, refrigerator, and electricity. No showers in cabins. Patrons must provide cooking utensils, bedding, and bath linens in standard cottages & cabins.
  • Full Service Cottages (C-157, 158, 167 & 171) are 7 or 14 day reservations only from the end of June to the end of August. Friday to Friday Only! ACCESS PASS AND LIFETIME LIBERTY PASSES ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR COTTAGES.
  • No tents allowed in cabin or cottage areas.
  • There is a two night minimum stay outside the timeframes listed above.
  • Check in time for cabins and cottages is between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • PETS: Pets are allowed in the campground with proof of vaccination shots, and they are restricted to the East End Camp 1 and East End Camp 2 loops, parking lots and hiking trails only. No more than 2 pets per campsite. NO pets allowed in cabin and cottages.


  • Campsite check in time is 3:00 p.m. Check out time for all sites is 11:00 a.m. There is no admission to the park after 9:00 p.m.
  • You must be 18yrs old to reserve and occupy a site. ID is required.
  • Tent sites allow for 1 large tent or 2 small tents per site.
  • There are hot showers and flush toilets available.
  • Each site allows for 2 vehicles. Additional vehicles will be charged an additional fee.
  • Quiet hours from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. are strictly enforced.
  • Firearms, fireworks, tree cutting, and gasoline boat motors are not allowed.
  • A permit is required on all private boats, available at West Beach office. No gasoline motors allowed.
  • Looking to reserve 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. This applies only to campsites.
  • 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.

    Peak season: 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):
    42.09361, -73.70806
    42°5'37"N, 73°42'29"W

    The park is located 11 miles southeast of Hudson in the town of Gallatin, NY. Passenger cars can access the park from the the Taconic State Parkway, one mile south of the Route 82 Hudson/Ancram exit. Visitors can also access the park from State Route 82, approximately two miles south of the hamlet of West Taghkanic. Large trucks, RV's and campers can enter the park from the State Route 82 entrance. 518-851-3631

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    1528 State Route 82
    ANCRAM  NY  12502-9731

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (518)851-3631