The following two lakes are New York State Parks and are currently open. NY State Park guidelines and restrictions are in place so please wear a face covering and maintain safe social distance. Park density limits are in effect, so have an alternate plan ready in case the park you are visiting reaches capacity. For additional information about camping, swimming and other activities, visit: COVID-19 UPDATE.
If you are interested in going often it may be worth considering an Empire Pass card for $80, which provides 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.
Canopus Lake at Fahnestock State Park
Address: 1570 Route 301, Carmel, NY (Putnam County)
Vehicle Entrance Fee: $8/car
Open: 5/22-6/26, weekends & holidays, 6/27-9/7, daily
Lake Welch Beach - Harriman State Park
Important Restrictions: Currently Lake Welch's parking capacity is being reduced by 50%, about 1,250 spaces. Lake Welch often fills to capacity early in the day and closures are expected so it is encouraged that you call ahead to the office at 845-947-2444 for closure information and for road conditions or by visiting 511NY throughout the day. Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 16 (Lake Welch Parkway) will remain closed, so visitors will enter via Route 106.
Barbecue grills near the lake are available but picnic tables have been removed to discourage large gatherings. Bathrooms will be open and cleaned regularly but showers, spray pads and fountains are turned off. Concessions will be closed and vending machines will not be available. Sports areas also will be off limits.
Address: 800 Kanawaukee Road, Stony Point, NY (Rockland County)
Fee: $10/car parking fee (cash only) applied during the swimming season from 8:00am to 4:00 pm weekdays & 7:00am to 5:00pm weekends/holidays
5/23/20 - 6/21/20 Weekends/Holiday only: 10:00am - 5:45pm
6/22/20 – 9/7/20 Weekends/Holidays: 9:00am - 7:00pm, Monday-Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm