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Hempstead Lake State Park

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Lakeside Dr.
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Latitude 40.682314001199998
Longitude -73.642421507799995

Fall Nature Programs
Fall Nature Program Descriptions

Hempstead Lake State Park is a multi use facility. Included are 20 tennis courts, children's playgrounds, basketball courts, bridle trails for horse back riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand carved wooden carousel. There is a picnic pavilion available for large parties. In addition to a pavilion rented through the Permit Department, Hempstead offers rental of the Carousel party-room done in-house at the park.  For a rental fee of $350.00 for a three hour event, guests are also offered unlimited carousel rides during their event.

There are three ponds that are accessible for fishing. On Hempstead Lake, the largest lake in Nassau County, you are permitted to use car top boats with an annual permit issued from the Park.  McDonald Pond, South Pond and Hempstead Lake are stocked with trout in the fall and you may target trout year-round. Other species present include large mouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, perch, tiger muskies, carp and sunfish.

Find out more on picnic pavilion reservations and see photos of Hemp Pavilion.

Dogs only. Access in dog-walk area only, on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in picnic areas, in buildings, or on walkways.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round. Sunrise to Sunset.
  • 2017 Tennis Tournament: 7/6 - 9/5. Registration fee collected 5/1-6/30.
    Contact Park Office for information and registration form: (516) 766-1029.
  • Boat Permit: Sold in park office. Boat and life jacket must be inspected. Please call for appointment: (516) 766-1029
  • Carousel and Gift Shop: 4/1 - 10/9, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

    4/1 - 5/21: 12pm-6pm
    5/27 - 9/4: 12pm 7pm
    9/9 - 10/9: 12pm-6pm

    Carousel Pavilion Building party room rentals for: Birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, etc. Contact Park Office: (516) 766-1029.
  • Fishing: Available year round. Valid NY State fishing license required for patrons 16 yrs. or older.
  • Picnicking: Year round, sunrise to sunset. Permit required for groups of 50 or more. No fee for permit.
  • Tennis: All weather courts: Available year round.
    4/15 - 5/26: 8am - Sunset, Daily
    5/27 - 9/4: 8am - Sunset (M - F) and 7 am - Sunset (SS & holidays)
    9/5 - 11/7: 8am - Sunset, Daily
  • Tennis: All weather courts: Available year round.
    Clay Courts - Available 4/15 - 11/7, Weather permitting.
    Courts close at sunset.

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.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Boat Permit
  • $50
  • Carousel
  • $2 per ride
  • Metal Detecting
  • By Permit Only $40
  • Model Boat
  • $40 by permit only
  • Picnicking
  • Special permit required for Pavilion rental.
    -Weekends/Holidays: $250
    -Weekdays: $200
  • Tennis (All Weather)
  • $6 per hour
  • Tennis (Clay)
  • $8 per hour
  • Tennis Tournament
  • Singles: $12
    Doubles: $15
    Registration Fee Collected 5/1 - 6/30.
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    2017 Collection Times:
    4/1 - 5/21: 8am-4pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/27 - 9/4: 8am-4pm, weekdays; 7am-6pm, weekends & holidays;
    9/9 - 10/9: 8 am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays.


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Sat 11 Nov
Back Yard Birds
Saturday, November 11, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 780-3295

It's the time of year when birds are bulking up for the long, cold winter ahead, and Hempstead Lake State Park is a great place to observe them! Come discover the many species of birds might be seen at during the colder months of the year. Together we'll make a simple bird feeder for the birds in your back yard!

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Nov
Winter Bird Walk (Adult Program)
Sunday, November 26, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 780-3295

Bundle up and join us for some birding in the woods! On this refreshing jaunt around the park, you'll discover the birds that make Hempstead Lake their home for the winter.

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Dec
Fossil Finds
Saturday, December 2, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 780-3295

Ever wonder how scientists can figure out so much about dinosaurs and other prehistoric life, even though there are none alive to see? With fossils, it's possible to look back into the past! Join us as we discover how fossils form and explore the secrets they hold.

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Bridle Path
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Tennis (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing