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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.
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.Designated as the first "State Park Preserve" in New York, Connetquot River encourages the long-term protection of our ecological, cultural and historic resources. Passive activities include: hiking, birding and nature study.
Prohibited Activities: Please note that as a nature preserve, bicycling, picnicking and pets are not permitted.
Fly Fishing Season: Open Year Round, Tuesdays through Sundays
Session Times: Morning - 8am-12pm, Afternoon 12pm-4pm.
Additional Evening Session - 4pm-8pm, April-August only, must call Park in advance to confirm availability
Trout Fishing: valid NYS freshwater fishing license required.
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.
First and Third Sunday of each month, September-June.
Each tour is about 45 minutes long and run continuously from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Reservations are required. Click here to register!
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.
4/3/23 to 5/29/23 Weekends Only
Memorial day 5/30 to Columbus Day (10/9/23): Daily, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
10/10/23 to 3/31/24: 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
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