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Connetquot River State Park Preserve

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2.20.21 - Please be advise park has filled to capacity and is now closed.


Be advised, to encourage social distancing and help stop the spread of COVID-19, many parks have reduced parking by 50% and local roads may have closures in effect. Many popular parks will fill to capacity by noon and close early to incoming visitors and traffic. Closures will be posted here and on our homepage. For real-time traffic updates visit: https://www.511ny.org/#:Alerts

Address
Box 505
Oakdale, NY 11769
Latitude 40.748135
Longitude -73.152435

Winter Nature Programs 2021

March/April Nature Programs

Connetquot River State Park Preserve maintains 3,473 acres of land and water for the protection and propagation of game birds, fish and animals. Deer and waterfowl are numerous, rare nesting birds, including the osprey, are present and there are numerous rare plants, and other interesting flora, such as trailing arbutus and pink lady's slipper in their natural habitats. The preserve also has 50 miles of hiking, bridle, cross-country ski and nature trails, as well as freshwater fly fishing (by permit only) on the Connetquot River.

For Schools: Environmental Education Programs

Youth Programs available

The Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center is home to the Regional Environmental Education Team of environmental educators. Schools, youth organizations and special interest groups can make arrangements for interpretive programs and hikes at any of the State Parks on Long Island by calling this office. In addition to group hikes there are Fun for Kids Activities, Family Adventure Programs and Adult Ed-ventures for the general public run at several State Parks.

*To receive information on programs via email, sign up for Long Island State Park & Nature's electronic mailing list here.

Prohibited Activities: Please note that as a nature preserve, bicycling, picnicking and pets are not permitted.

Hours of Operation

  • Open Tuesdays - Sundays, 8AM till 4PMk. Closed Mondays 
  • Environmental Programs closed Mondays year-round.
    Tiny Tots program held every other Tuesday.
    4/1 - 9/30
    10/1 - 3/31 - Environmental program closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
  • Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center: Programs conducted year-round, Wednesdays through Sundays.
  • Fly Fishing Season: Open Year Round (Session Times: 8am - 12 pm, 12pm - 4 pm, additional session 4pm-sunset April-September, Tuesdays through Sundays)
    Trout Fishing: valid NYS freshwater fishing license required.

  • Fly Fishing Group Outing Program: Upon request only.
  • Horse Trailer Parking: Available all year. 8 am - 4 pm.
  • Cross Country Skiing: Available in the winter season when conditions permit.
  • South Side Sportsmen's Club Historic House Tours: 
    Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern, the land, buildings, and members of the high society Sportsmen's Club's, and how it came to be Connetquot River State Park Preserve.
    First and Third Sunday of Each Month
    Each tour is about 45 minutes long. 1:00 - 2:00 pm. No reservations are required for this program. For more information please call 631-581-1072.

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
  • Cars $8 

    Fee Collected:

    5/25/20 to Columbus Day: Daily, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

    10/17/20 to 11/22/20: Weekends Only, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


    Bus Vehicle Entrance Fee:

    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses (By permit only) $75

  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • $4 per adult
    $4 per child (3-17 yrs.)
  • Fly Fishing
  • $25 per 4 hour session

    Fly Fishing: Group Outing Program:
    $25 per person (4hr session)
  • Horseback Riding
  • $50 yearly permit & $10 day riding permit
  • House Tours
  • $4 per adult
    $4 per child

Maps

Digital Maps

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

Sat 27 Feb
Go North! At Night
Saturday, February 27, 2021 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

We've gone north during the day, but not at night. Join us for a new program as we explore the trails of the north end of the preserve after dark. This is a great opportunity to see and hear wildlife in an undisturbed part of the preserve! Dress for the weather.

Due to Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory. All programs are outside. $4 cash per person.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 Mar
Nature Quest
Saturday, March 6, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Are you good at spotting things? Love scavenger hunts? Then this is the program for you! Travel at your own pace while solving riddles and searching for the amusing items on the list.

Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory. All programs are outside. $4 cash, per person.

Registration: Required
Sun 07 Mar
Clubhouse Tours
Sunday, March 7, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen's Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory. All programs are outside. $4 cash, per person.

Registration: Required
Fri 19 Mar
Amphibian Walk
Friday, March 19, 2021 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

The weather is warming, and the woodlands come alive with the sights and sounds of Long Island's amphibians! Come with us to explore the Preserve for the habitats of frogs, salamanders, and toads!

Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory. All programs are outside. $4 cash, per person.

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Mar
Clubhouse Tours
Sunday, March 21, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club. A docent will discuss the history of the tavern and the high society Sportsmen's Club which shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.

Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory. All programs are outside. $4 cash, per person.

Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Fly Fishing
  • Gift Shop
  • Hiking
  • Nature Center
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Visitor Center