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Suffolk County

Belmont Lake State Park

Belmont Lake State Park, located in West Babylon is a 463-acre day use park bisected by Carll’s Creek and Belmont Lake. The park, established in 1926 had been owned by August Belmont and served as farmland for some of Belmont’s equestrian activities. Robert Moses chose this park to establish the regional headquarters for all state parks on Long Island in 1935, which serves the public today for region-wide permit sales, park administration and as headquarters for the New York State Park Police.

The park is primarily visited by families seeking outdoor gatherings, picnics, and informal sports activities. It provides a bucolic feeling adjacent to the Southern State Parkway at exit 38 among densely developed neighborhoods. Carll’s Creek stretches 4.2 miles south to the Great South Bay with a trail for hiking and biking. Horseback riding is available through the nearby Babylon Riding Center (for information contact 631-587-7778). The 42-acre Belmont Lake is encircled by a similar path, making a total of 7.6 miles of multi-use trails.

Pedal boats and rowboats are available for rent on the lake through the summer. We allow kayaks and canoes to be launched from the boat dock while the boat dock is open (they can’t be inflatable, must be hard bottomed, no motors, no surfboards or wakeboards, and no paddle boards). If you cannot bring your own kayak, kayak rentals are also available for a nominal fee.

The park’s significant natural features include the 26-acre, spring-fed Belmont Lake and a significant wetland complex. The lake provides springtime trout fishing and summer bass fishing for the avid anglers who use the park. It is home to permanent and migratory waterfowl populations. Park visitors enjoy watching Osprey diving from high above to catch fish for their young in the spring. Other waterfowl that can be easily spotted include Northern Shovelers, Mergansers, Teal, Great Blue Heron, and Egrets.

Patrons enjoy activities such as picnicking, playgrounds, and using the various game courts and fields. The lake attracts trail walking, fishing, and non-motorized boating. The 7.6 miles of trails throughout the park are available for hiking, walking, biking, nature observation and weather permitting, cross-country skiing.

Special events such as the Great Jack-O-lantern Spectacular Sail, Holiday Tree Lighting, Egg Hunt, and Fishing Expo draw the highest attendance on non-holiday weekends.

Find out more about park permit information. Find out more about reserving picnic pavilions and view pictures of the options available (Birch, Maple, Oak).

Belmont Lake State Park is open from sunrise to sunset, year-round.

Picnicking, available all year.
Pavilion rentals: All pavilions – (Maple, Birch, Pine & Oak)

  • Rowboat & Pedal Boat Rentals:<br>
    Please check the “Other Tab” for this information

Fishing: Following DEC guidelines, available year-round.

Recreational Activities: Softball, basketball, horseshoe, bocce ball, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, sledding. Weather permitting.

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  • Park Hours
    Belmont Lake State Park is open from sunrise to sunset, year round.

    Parking Fee Collected:
    Weekends/Holidays - April through Columbus Day Daily – Memorial Day through Labor Day
    Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays
    March 31, 2018 – May 20, 2018
    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Beginning Memorial Day: May 26, 2018 – September 03, 2018
    7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    After Labor Day: September 08, 2018 – October 08, 2018
    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Weekdays: Monday through Friday
    May 29, 2018 – August 31, 2018
    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Other information
    2018 Rowboat & Pedal Boat Rental schedule
    Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays

    May 05, 2018 – May 20, 2018
    11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (*Last Rental)
    Beginning Memorial Day:
    May 26, 2018 – September 03, 2018
    12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (*Last Rental)

    After Labor Day:
    September 08, 2018 – October 08, 2018
    11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (*Last Rental)

    Weekdays
    Monday through Friday
    June 25, 2018 – August 31, 2018
    11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (*Last Rental).

    2018 Kayak Schedule

    Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays
    May 05, 2018 – May 20, 2018
    11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (*Last Rental)

    Beginning Memorial Day:
    May 26, 2018 – September 03, 2018
    12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (*Last Rental)

    After Labor Day:

    September 08, 2018 – October 08, 2018
    11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (*Last Rental)

    Weekdays Monday through Friday
    June 25, 2018 – August 31, 2018
    11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (*Last Rental)
    Kayak Rules
    Kayakers must be at least 18 years of age to rent kayak. Children 6 years of age or older permitted with adult.

    Kayak must be returned after 2 hours – additional hours will be charged in increments of 2 hours/$20.00.
    Last kayak rental must return two hours after *Last Rental. (For example, if the last rental is at 4:00pm, the kayak must be returned by 6:00pm.)

    All kayakers must wear safety vests provided by park staff, at all times.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO RENT KAYAK:

    (1) IDENTIFICATION
    (2) CREDIT CARD MATCHING ID, TO BE COPIED (AS DEPOSIT FOR KAYAK)
    (3) CASH ONLY ACCEPTED AS PAYMENT