Grafton Lakes State Park
|Description: Although Grafton Lakes State Park is located in Rensselaer County, its elevation
on the Rensselaer Plateau appeals to wildlife more representative of the
Adirondacks and Catskills. Located between the Taconic and Hudson valleys,
the site has five large ponds and a reservoir.|
Wildlife to Watch: Opportunities abound for visitors to see wood ducks, northern goshawks,
wild turkeys and ruffed grouse. Mallards, great blue herons, belted kingfishers,
eastern bluebirds, barn swallows, Canada geese and beavers may be
spotted around the water bodies. The ponds and reservoir also host fish,
including pickerel, bass, pumpkinseed, bluegill, perch, sunfish, rainbow
trout, brown trout, brook trout, walleye and bullhead.
Special Tips: The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. to dusk. There is a vehicle
entry fee. Hunting and fishing are allowed in season.
518-279-1155, 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton, NY 12082
Other Activities: Visitors can walk the nature trails and hike along the 25 miles of park trails.
In winter, you can enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Ownership: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Size: 2,545 acres
Closest Town: Grafton
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