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Lake Taghkanic State Park, nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia County, offers a wonderful variety of recreational activities. The park has tent and trailer campsites and cabin and cottage camping facilities, two beaches, picnic grounds and a boat launch. In addition, the park has hiking, biking, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Ice skating and ice fishing are permitted when conditions are appropriate. Environmental education programs are offered year round.
Natural Features
Lake Taghkanic State Park is located in Columbia County, right off of the Taconic State Parkway, 11 miles southeast of Hudson.
Endless winter and summer activity options await park visitors, from lounging on the beach, biking, boating, fishing, hiking, and hunting in the warm months, to wintertime ice fishing, ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Amazing scenic views throughout the park.
The park features two beaches, boat launch sites, rowboat, paddleboat and kayak rentals, cabins, campsites, picnic areas, playgrounds, playing fields, pavilion, recreation hall and showers. Four vacation rental cottages offer the amenities of home.
Nearby Attractions
Taconic State Park's Copake Falls Area, Olana State Historic Site, and Clermont State Historic Site are nearby.
General Information:


  • You must be 21 or older to reserve and occupy a cabin or cottage. ID is required.
  • All cabins and cottages are SMOKE and PET FREE.
  • Cabins are 7 or 14-night reservations only from end of June to the end of August. Saturday to Saturday only.
  • Cottages are 7 or 14-night reservations only from the end of June to the end of August. Friday to Friday only.
  • No tents allowed in cabin or cottage areas.
  • There is a two night minimum stay outside the time frames listed above.
  • Check-in time for cabins and cottages is between 3PM and 9PM.

  • Campsite check-in time is 3PM. Check out time for all sites is 11AM. There is no admission to the park after 9PM.
  • You must be 18 or older to reserve and occupy a site. ID is required.
  • Tent sites allow for 1 large tent or 2 small tents per site.
  • There are hot showers and flush toilets available.
  • Each site allows for 2 vehicles. Additional vehicles will be charged an additional fee.
  • Quiet hours are 10PM to 7AM and is strictly enforced.
  • Firearms, fireworks, tree cutting, and gasoline boat motors are not allowed.
  • A permit is required on all private boats, available at West Beach office. No gasoline motors allowed.


  • Current proof of rabies inoculation is required at check-in (metal tags will not be accepted).
  • At any time during your stay, pet owners may be required to provide proof of rabies inoculation upon request. Be sure to have this information available to present to park staff.
  • Where pets are permitted, there is a maximum limit of 2 pets per site.
  • Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6ft and under control at all times.
  • Do not leave pets unattended and always clean up after them.
  • Pet owners/permit holders are liable for any damage, personal injury, or nuisance caused by the pet.
  • Pets are permitted in the East End Camp 1 and East End Camp 2 loops, parking lots, and hiking trails only.
  • NO pets allowed in cabin and cottages.

  • SWIMMING: Each year the campground makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited. Swimming cannot be a guaranteed activity; therefore, we cannot offer refunds on camping stays. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice.

    Looking to reserve a campsite for just 1 night? If you make your reservation within 3 days of your arrival you can book a 1-night stay online or through the Call Center. *Applies to campsites only.

    PRE-REGISTRATION: Have an existing reservation? Don't forget to PRE-REGISTER!! 7 days prior to your arrival you can sign into Reserve America and pre-register. IT SAVES TIME when checking in on the day of arrival.

    LENGTH OF STAY: A camping party and their equipment may occupy a site for a maximum of 14 continuous nights. After which, the camping party and equipment must leave the site and facility for 48 hours before registering again for another site.

    Please Note: To ensure fairness for all NY customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 9-month Maximum Window cannot be changed or cancelled until 18 days after the reservation was made.

    Lake Taghkanic State Park camping trips are easy to plan with ReserveAmerica. Lake Taghkanic State Park campground reservations can be made online. Click one of the links below to see available campsites at Lake Taghkanic State Park or day pass availability.