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Lake Taghkanic State Park

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UPDATE, 9/8, the 2020 Swimming Season ended on Labor Day, swimming is no longer permitted.

Boat Rentals are not currently being offered.

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1528 Route 82
Ancram, NY 12502
Latitude 42.097488
Longitude -73.718307

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.

Pavilion Information
Lake Taghkanic has one pavilion. The day use price is $75 and can accommodate up to 60 people. Check availability at Please note: as of June 15, 2020 Governor Cuomo announced gatherings will be limited to 25 people in areas that have begun Phase Three of reopening. Pavilions in state parks will limit attendance in accordance with the governor's ruling.

Lake Taghkanic State Park Brochure

Don't miss these attractions within the park

  • Boat Shop-rent boats, paddleboats and/or kayaks
  • Playgrounds-playground areas are located on both the west and east sides of the lake!
  • Snack/Souvenir Shop-great summer fare for hungry swimmers!  Select merchandise for sale.
  • Campground Store-buy camping supplies, like ice, snacks and firewood or souvenirs, such as T-shirts.
  • Picnic Pavilion-located in parking lot E, close to the lake. The pavilion can be rented out for $60/day.

Don't miss these popular State Parks and Historic Sites within a 45 minute drive of the park:

  • Taconic State Park- featuring two areas (Copake Falls and Rudd Pond) this park contains challenging hiking trails, access to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and Bash Bish Falls, a swimming area, as well as the historic Copake Iron Works.
  • Olana State Historic Site- the artist-designed home and landscape of Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church, perched on a dramatic hilltop outside the City of Hudson.
  • Clermont State Historic Site- the elegant home of seven generations of the Livingston family, including Founding Father Robert R. "Chancellor" Livingston.
  • Need more places to visit? Visit or for information about the area around Lake Taghkanic!


Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. 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, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open year round:
    Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day: 8 am to sunset.
    Labor Day through Memorial Day: Sunrise to sunset.

  • 2020 Swimming Season
    West Beach (East Beach is closed)
    5/22: 10 am - 6 pm
    5/23 - 6/14: 10 am - 7 pm, weekends only
    6/20 - 9/7: 10 am - 6 pm, weekdays 10 am - 7 pm weekends/holidays

  • 2020 Camping Season: 5/1 - 10/18

    Campsites, cabins & cottages. Reservations made through Reserve America - call 1-800-456-CAMP.
  • Hunting: Seasonal/DEC rules and regulations apply. Large game; turkey - bow only.
  • Boat Permits: Weekly and season permits are available;

    Boat storage also available.

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 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.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $10

    5/23 - 6/21, weekends & holidays
    6/22 - 9/7, daily
  • Camping
  • Campsites:

    Raised Deck Platform Campsite (14'x16'):
    $18/night; Sun - Thurs.
    $22/night; Fri, Sat & Sun/Holiday

    Trailers/RVs (up to 20'):
    $15/night Sun - Thurs
    $19/night Fri, Sat & Sun/Holiday
    $8/night Additional Vehicles (more than 2 at a site)

    Daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
    $412-$700, weekly

    $110 - $157.00/night; $440-$630/week

    Full-Service Cottages:
    Cottage 157 and 167: $180/night; $720/week
    Cottage 171: $190/night; $750/week
    Cottage 158: $195/night; $780/week

    Camping Fees:
    $7.25 Reservation fee
    $1.25 Walkup Fee
    $7.25 Cancellation/Change

    Non-NYS Resident Surcharge:
    Camping: $5 per night
    Cabins: $7 per night/$28 per week
  • Boating
  • Permit Fees: $30/season; $10/week
    Boat Storage: $15/season
  • Non-NYS Resident Surcharge
  • Camping: $5 per night
    Cabins: $7 per night/$28 per week 


Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

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.

Fri 16 Oct
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party
Friday, October 16, 2020 06:00 PM
Lake Taghkanic State Park
(518) 851-3631

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association hosts a monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. You will be asked to provide your license plate number and make/model car, so Park Management and Police have a record of who will be in park after hours. More info at

Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches (Accessible)
  • Boat Rentals (Accessible)
  • Camper Assistance Program (Accessible)
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging (Accessible)
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)