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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

RestroomsParkingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingVisitor CenterHuntingHorse TrailsSmall BoatsSwimmingBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Pumpkinseed Sunfish - Photo by Gerry Lemmo
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
The park entrance is located on Rte. 2 in Grafton. From Albany, take I-787 north toward Troy. Take exit 9E to merge onto NY-7 east toward Troy/ Bennington. Follow NY-7/ Hoosick St. east through Troy for 4.6 miles. Turn right onto NY-278 south/Brick Church Rd. Turn left onto NY-2 east. Travel 6.9 miles and a jug handle on the right leads to the park entrance. The winter entrance is about 0.5 mile further ahead on left-hand side.

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Grafton Lakes State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area