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Schodack Island State Park
Description: Located at the northern end of the Hudson River Estuary, the park is actually a peninsula formed when three large and several smaller islands were joined as part of a Hudson River dredge project. A large portion of the park is designated a Bird Conservation Area. Interpretive signs highlight the park’s historic and environmental significance.

Wildlife to Watch: Visitors may see bald eagles, cerulean warblers and great blue herons. In addition to a heron rookery, eagles and snapping turtles nest here.

Special Tips: Eight miles of multi-use trails wind through a variety of ecological communities, and for the winter months, visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe here.

Many of the park’s features are accessible.

518-732-0187, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156


Other Activities: The park is open year round. There is a vehicle entrance fee from mid-April through Columbus Day, weekends and holidays only. The park boasts a state-of-the-art boat launch on the Hudson River and a floating canoe/kayak launch on Schodack Creek. In the spring, fishing is excellent for striped bass in the river. In the fall, a portion of the park is open for hunting by permit.

Size: 1,052 acres 
Closest Town: Schodack

RestroomsParkingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchHuntingHandicap AccessibleFeeLarge BoatsSmall BoatsDrinking WaterBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Cerulean Warbler - Photo by Jeff Nadler
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From the NYS Thruway/I-90, take exit 23 for I-787/US 9W toward Albany/Rensselaer. Merge onto I-787 north. Take exit 3 for US 9 south/US 20 east toward Rensselaer. Merge onto US 9 south. After 1.2 miles, make a slight right onto NY 9J south/River Rd./South St. The park is 8.1 miles on the right.

Map Link

Schodack Island State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area