Lake Taghkanic State Park
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Introduction

This New York pearl is conveniently located in between the towns of Gallatin and Taghkanic. Lake Taghkanic State Park surrounds Lake Taghkanic which was initially known as Lake Charlottes. The 1,569 acres of land on which the park sits was donated in 1929 by D. McRae Livingstone. Four years later the park was established and since then various developments have taken place. The Civilian Conservation Corps is credited for building a good number of facilities such as rustic cabins, bathhouse, and the beach during the Great Depression age.

Surrounded by amazing views of hills and lively vegetation cover, Lake Taghkanic State Park offers plenty of summer and winter recreational activities. From ice fishing, boating to hiking there is always something to engage in the park no matter the time of the year. The kid-friendly playgrounds are equipped with modern slides, swings, and climbing structures of varying sizes, shapes, and colors. The peak season runs from June to August because of the relatively warm climate. However, the park is always open with camping facility operating seasonally.

If hunting is your thing bring your bow and arrow in your RV and head to Lake Taghkanic State Park. Hunters should be in possession of a valid hunting license. During the warm months, visitors are allowed to hunt for large game and wild turkey in designated areas. Only bow hunting is permitted within the park.

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Transportation in Lake Taghkanic State Park

Driving

Lake Taghkanic State Park is conveniently located 11 miles southeast of Hudson right off the Taconic Parkway. The paved road leading to the park’s entrance is smooth. Guests using RVs, campers, and big trucks should access the park from the route 82 entrance which is more convenient. For other smaller vehicles, the park can be accessed from Taconic State Parkway, south of Route 82. The interior roads are great for hiking, mountain biking, and vehicles. A good number of facilities are handicap accessible. There are many parking lots with the major ones located at the picnic area and West Beach area.

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Campgrounds and parking in Lake Taghkanic State Park

Campsites in Lake Taghkanic State Park

Reservations camping

Lake Taghkanic State Park Camping

Lake Taghkanic State Park is a family-friendly campground with 171 campsites perfect for small trailers, RVs, and tents. There are no electric and water hookups available in the park. The park is open for camping from mid-May to October. Although the campsites have no waterfront views, they are situated around Lake Taghkanic. Campsites can be reserved from one day prior to camping up to nine months in advance. There are four cottages and a few rental cabins too. Silence should be maintained from 10.00 to 7.00 am.

Campsites can fit a trailer or RV of up to 20 feet long. At the moment pets are allowed in specific campsites and restricted from cabins and cottages. If you are bringing your pets remember to consult with the park as extra pet rules apply to this particular park. The park futures amenities such as hot showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities, a dump station and bathhouses. Your site will have a fire ring and picnic table.

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Seasonal activities in Lake Taghkanic State Park

In-Season

Hiking

In total, the park comprises of over 10 miles of well-marked trails. Six miles of are multi-use trails open for biking, skiing, snowmobiling, and skating. If you need time to rest during hiking or a place to relax there are benches fixed at different intervals. To get the best views of Lake Taghkanic the five-mile Lake Side trail will take you around the lake. There are other shorter trails which are well interconnected with each other and lead to various points of interest.

Boating

Lake Taghkanic is open for boating from mid-May to October. This is a great way of exploring aquatic plant life and absorbing the beauty of the lush green forests surrounding the lake. Watersports enthusiasts will love the convenience of the well-equipped boating facility and camp store. Guests can rent kayaks, pedal boats, safety gears, and canoes from the park. If you are bringing a personal watercraft it is worth noting that only electric motors are permitted on the lake. Boating licenses are available in the West Beach Office.

Swimming

Lake Taghkanic State Park boasts of two swimming beaches: West Beach and East Beach. West Beach is the main beach area and operates from late June through Labor Day. This sandy beach is large and has a huge parking lot where you can park your RV. If you interested in swimming you can bring your swimsuit and change in the nearby changing rooms. There are lifeguards on duty at specified hours and pets are not allowed in this area.

Off-Season

Fishing

The 168-acre Lake Taghkanic has a variety of fish species including smallmouth bass, bluegill, and Yellow Perch. Anglers can either fish from the shoreline or from the boat. There is also an abundance of crappie and panfish. During winter anglers can enjoy ice fishing. Fly fishing is also allowed.

Winter sports

Winter presents numerous opportunities for RV visitors including ice skating, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. From morning to evening guests can engage in the activity of their choice. Snowshoeing is also available. Remember to pack your skating and skiing gears in your camper.

Picnicking

Lake Taghkanic picnic areas are located on both sides of the lake and are open to visitors all year round. The day use area is equipped with picnic tables and charcoal grills. There is a rental pavilion with electricity available. After paying the day use charges you can park your vehicle in the picnic area parking lot and enjoy lunch with your family in the grassy fields.

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