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Gilbert Lake State Park is a picturesque recreation area located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities year-round, with its scenic forested hills and a beautiful lake as its centerpiece.


Address: Gilbert Lake State Park is situated at 18 CCC Road, Laurens, NY 13796, United States.

Camping Facilities

Campgrounds: Gilbert Lake State Park provides multiple camping options including tent and trailer sites, cabin rentals, and group camping areas.

  • Tent/Trailer Sites: There are over 200 tent and trailer sites. Each campsite typically has a picnic table, a fire ring, and space for parking.
  • Cabins: The park has over two dozen cabins, some of which are winterized for year-round use. These can accommodate different group sizes and come with varying amenities.
  • Group Camping: Designated areas for group camping are available, which can be ideal for larger gatherings or organized group events.


  • Restrooms and Showers: Clean restrooms and shower facilities are located conveniently across the campgrounds.
  • Dump Stations: There are facilities for RVs to dump and replenish water tanks.
  • Picnic Areas: Numerous picnic areas are scattered throughout the park with tables and grills.
  • Playgrounds: Playgrounds for children are available in the park.


  • Hiking: The park features multiple trails for hikers of all skill levels. Some trails might also offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in the winter.
  • Swimming: There is a sandy beach on Gilbert Lake where visitors can swim during summer months.
  • Fishing: Anglers can fish in the lake; species might include bass, panfish, and trout.
  • Boating: Non-motorized boating is permitted; kayak and canoe enthusiasts often enjoy the lake's calm waters.
  • Winter Sports: In the winter, the park may offer snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing if conditions allow.

Operating Times and Fees

Season: Gilbert Lake State Park is open year-round, but peak camping season is from late spring through early fall.

Fees: There are fees for camping as well as for cabin rentals. Day-use fees may also apply for visitors not staying overnight.

Reservations: It's highly recommended to make reservations for camping, which can be done through the New York State Park's reservation system, with details and pricing found on their official website.


  • Pets: Pets are allowed in the park but must be supervised and on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. Proof of rabies vaccination may be required.
  • Firewood: Due to concerns about the spread of invasive insects, bringing outside firewood is often discouraged or prohibited. Purchasing firewood locally or at the park is advisable.
  • Alcohol Policy: Alcohol consumption and possession might be regulated within the park.
  • Quiet Hours: The park typically enforces quiet hours to ensure all guests have a peaceful experience.

Contact Information

For more detailed information, including current regulations and any alerts or changes to operations, it's best to contact the park directly or visit the New York State Parks website.

Phone: Visitors can call the park office for information: +1 (607) 432-2114

Always check the current conditions and specific COVID-19 guidelines before planning your trip.

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