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
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
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
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: