Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park
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Introduction

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, also known as Fahnestock State Park, is a 14,086-acre nature lover’s paradise in Putnam and Dutchess counties, New York. Home to a large beach on Canopus Lake, picnic areas and plenty of hiking trails, there are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Activities include hiking, birding, boating, fishing, and hunting.

With access to two lakes and four ponds, the park is excellent for water recreation. Anglers will be in their element at the park with the chance to fish for smallmouth bass, perch, pickerel, perch, and rainbow trout at any time of the year. Rowboats and kayaks are also available for those who want to explore the park from the water.

Campers can look forward to environmental programs at Taconic Outdoor Education Center as well as Saturday evening movie nights during peak weekends. Various winter sports can be enjoyed at Fahnestock Winter Park. This seasonal section of the park is home to 20 kilometers of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing during the winter months.

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Transportation in Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park

Driving

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is located along Putney County Route 301 in New York. The park can be found on both sides of the road. If you’re arriving by commuter train into Cold Spring Station, you will need to arrange a taxi to the park, eight miles away, ahead of time.

Once inside the park, there are no strict driving restrictions to be aware of. Parking is available within the park for day visitors and if you’re staying overnight, you can also park your car or RV in the campground.

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Campgrounds and parking in Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park

Campsites in Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park

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Main Campground

The campground at Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is home to a total of 75 campsites. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit and access to a restroom and shower facilities. There is also a camping area for RVs and trailers up to 30 feet, however there are no hookups or dump stations available.

Facilities include a beach, boat launch area, boat rentals, and a nature trail. A picnic area is available with picnic tables and shelters and a concession provides firewood and snacks.

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is pet-friendly, but dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and a rabies vaccination is required.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park

In-Season

Fishing

Anglers love Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park because of its excellent fishing opportunities all year round. Bring your fishing rod and enjoy fishing for bass, pickerel, perch, brook and rainbow trout in the two lakes or four ponds inside the park. Live bait worms are sold at the concession stand. All freshwater fishing requires a fishing permit from the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation.

Boating

Canopus Lake and its large beach forms the center piece of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. In addition to swimming (with lifeguards available in the peak season), campers and day visitors can fish for all sorts of fish here all year round as well as hire rowing boats and kayaks. If you’re planning on bringing your own watercraft, you will need to get a regional boating permit from the park office.

Nature Trail

The nature trail at Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is a great way to spot all sorts of birds and wildlife. Don’t forget your binoculars! During peak season, park staff also organize nature hikes and activities to learn more about the surrounding environment. An equestrian trail is also available for horse riding.

Off-Season

Bird Watching

A variety of winter birds can be found at Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. Keep your eyes peeled for crossbills, owls, goshawks, grosbeaks and a whole lot more. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars and birding books!

Hunting

Hunters can hunt wild turkey with crossbow, shotgun, and muzzle at different times of the year. A permit is required to hunt in Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park and hunters will have to leave the park by sunset. Hunting permits and hunting zone maps are available from the park office.

Winter Sports

Fahnestock Winter Park is popular during the off season when the various trails are groomed for sledding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Other winter activities include ice fishing for bass, pickerel, perch, brook and rainbow trout.

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