Rockland Lake State Park

Ring-billed Gull at Rockland Lake (Photo by Alan Wells). 

When

The Park is open year round and used heavily between Memorial and Labor Day.  For best birding, avoid peak crowds.

Directions

Via NYS Thruway

Take exit 11 from I-287. Go to traffic light. Make a left onto Route 9W North. Go 4 miles to the park on the right. Parking Field #1 is near the North Park Entrance. First entrance you see will be the South Park Entrance or continue on 9W North to the North Park Entrance.

Via George Washington Bridge

Stay in the right lane of the bridge and get on the Palisades Interstate Parkway North. Take Parkway North to exit 4. Take Route 9W North for 12 miles to the park on the right. Parking Field #1 is near the North Park Entrance. First entrance you see will be the South Park Entrance. Continue on 9W North to the North Park Entrance.

Via Garden State Parkway

Take Garden State Parkway North to NYS Thruway South. Take Thruway to exit 11. Make a left at the end of the exit ramp onto Route 59. At first traffic light, make a left onto Route 9W North. Take Route 9W North for 4 miles to the park on the right. Parking Field #1 is near the North Park Entrance. First entrance you see will be the South Park Entrance. Continue on 9W North to the North Park Entrance.


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Description

Rockland Lake State Park's lake is located on a ridge of Hook Mountain above the west bank of the Hudson River. This well developed park offers two Olympic-sized swimming pools, picnic tables and grills, a car-top boat launch and boat rentals, angling, jogging, hiking trails, six tennis courts and two golf courses.  Winter visitors can enjoy designated cross-country ski trails and sledding slopes.

Rockland Lake (Photo by Alan Wells). 

Open year round. A Parking fee is charged from approximately late May to Labor Day. The golf courses and tennis courts open from March to late November. Boaters can launch or rent boats from April through November. The Nature Center is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

In the 1830's Rockland Lake was the center of an important ice industry, employing over 2,000 people.  The ice was transported to Hudson River boats for transport to New York City. The industry was closed in the 1920's with the advent of mechanical refrigeration. Remnants of the ice industry can still be seen.

 

 

 

Birds

Typical observations, 10/5/99 10 AM - 1 PM, Chilly, Cloudy. Compiled by Carol Weiss.

Double-crested cormorant

15

Great blue heron

1

Mute swan

6

Canada goose

180

Mallard

65

Black duck

3

Northern shoveler

70

Turkey vulture

1

American coot

16

Killdeer

2

Ring-billed gull

8

Great black-backed gull

1

Herring gull

10

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

1

Hairy woodpecker

2

Downy woodpecker

4

Eastern phoebe

3

Blue jay

9

American crow

11

Belted kingfisher

2

Black-capped chickadee

32

Tufted titmouse

4

White-breasted nuthatch

4

Brown creeper

1

House wren

1

Carolina wren

1

Golden-crowned kinglet

2

Ruby-crowned kinglet

32

Yellow rumped warbler

56

Blackpoll warbler

3

Palm warbler

1

Common yellowthroat

1

Northern parula

1

Common grackle

6

Northern cardinal

1

American goldfinch

1

White-throated sparrow

3

Swamp sparrow

2

Song sparrow

14