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Lake Taghkanic State Park

Hudson Valley, New York

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  • The main building at the park contains offices, restrooms and concessions.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • One of two playgrounds at the park.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • Each picnic area has its own restroom building and large parking area.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • A pavillion is availble for rent for parties.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • Cabins are available for rent along the lake.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • This park has a very large beach and parking area big enough to accommodate all guests.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • Picnic tables and fixed charcoal grills are scattered throughout the park for guest use.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • Lakeside picnic tables are also available.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • View of the beach and park building from across the lake.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • Stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and boats without gas engines are allowed.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • Boats rentals are available for a small fee.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • Large grassy areas make the perfect spot for sunbathers while others cool off in the lake.- Lake Taghkanic State Park
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Pros: 
Large beach. Large parking lot. Amenities. Water activities.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Hudson Valley, NY
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Lake Taghkanic State Park is a 1,568-acre park offering a large beach for swimming, paddling and fishing on 156-acre Lake Taghkanic in Ancram, New York. Boat rentals are available as are campsites, cabins and cottages for visitors who wish to stay longer. The cottages are fully-equipped with bathroom, shower, kitchen, refrigerator, stove, eating and cooking utensils and hot and cold running water.

The park has two large playgrounds, a baseball field, a volleyball net on the beach and open grassy areas. Picnic tables and fixed-position charcoal grills are found throughout the entire park and a large, covered pavilion is also available for rent. Each of the picnic areas has a restroom building.

The main park building houses offices, restrooms, recreation hall and concessions. A separate, nearby building offers rentals of kayaks, paddle boats and rowboats. Guests can bring their own flotation devices and depart from designated launch sites. Gas-powered motors are not permitted and all boats must have the necessary permit.

Ten trails totaling over 8 miles are available for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Ice skating and ice fishing are also allowed once appropriate conditions are met for ice thickness. Please call the park office at 518.851.3631 for information.

There are two entrances to the park; one from the Taconic State Parkway and the other from state Route 82. If you are planning a visit with an RV or towing a camper with a truck bearing commercial plates, keep in mind that commercial vehicles are not permitted on the Taconic State Parkway and must use the Route 82 entrance.

Historically, the lake was once called Lake Charlotte. The name was changed when the land owner gave the land to New York State to be made into a park on the condition the lake be renamed Lake Taghkanic.

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