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Moreau Lake State Park
Description: Located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, this park is mostly wild, with a 120-acre lake formed by glaciers. It is classified as both a Bird Conservation Area by the state and an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.

Wildlife to Watch: During spring and fall migrations, Moreau Lake is a stopover site for tropical migratory songbirds, especially forest-dwelling species. Visitors have a good to excellent chance of seeing Baltimore orioles, eastern wood-pewees, rosebreasted grosbeaks and wood thrushes. In addition, you can see pied-billed grebes and northern harriers and Cooper’s and red-shouldered hawks. Moreau is also a significant wintering site for the bald eagle. Great horned and screech owls and several species of woodpeckers are often sighted in winter. Spring brings a variety of frogs and turtles out of hibernation. Sunfish, bluegills and trout may be seen swimming in the shallows. Raccoons and an occasional otter come to feast on crayfish, snails and clams on the lakeshore. White-tailed deer, coyotes and foxes round out the mammals you may see at first or last light.

Special Tips: An extensive saltwater marsh and a location along the Atlantic migratory flyway make this site a top birding area, where 300 species have been found. In addition to the marsh, the conservancy features a nature center, an open field and woodland habitats and is part of the Westchester County parks system.

Three miles of trails plus a 0.5 mile of shoreline along Long Island Sound.

Other Activities: The nature center is open from Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During July through mid-August, the center is open seven days a week. The trails are open from dawn to dusk, year-round. There is an entrance fee.

Activities, fees and amenities vary by season. Contact the park for more information.

518-793-0511, 605 Old Saratoga Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831


Ownership: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 
Size: 4,691 acres 
Closest Town: Gansevoort

RestroomsParkingTent CampingFishingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchVisitor CenterHuntingHandicap AccessibleFeeLarge BoatsSmall BoatsDrinking WaterSwimmingCamp FireBicycling

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Rose Brested Grosbeak, Photo by Gerry Lemmo

Driving Directions:
Take the Northway/I-87 to exit 17 south. Merge onto US 9 south/ Saratoga Rd. toward Moreau Lake State Park. Turn right onto Old Saratoga Rd. The park is on the right.

Moreau Lake State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area