What to do in Hempstead Lake State Park

Hempstead Lake State Park encompasses the largest lake in Nassau County. In addition it includes three fishing ponds. Warmwater species may be caught in all locations. Car top boats are permitted. A variety of recreation is offered including tennis courts, miles of multi-use trails, picnic groves and even a historic hand carved wooden carousel. The park is open year-round thereby offering ice skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing in winter.

Hempstead Lake State Park is a multi-use facility. Included are 20 tennis courts, children's playgrounds, bridle trails for horse back riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand carved wooden carousel. A picnic pavilion may be reserved for large parties. There are three ponds that are accessible for fishing. On Hempstead Lake, the largest lake in Nassau County, you are permitted to use car top boats with an annual permit issued from the Park. McDonald Pond and South Pond are stocked with trout in the fall and you may target trout throughout the winter months. Other species present include large mouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, perch, tiger muskies and sunfish.

Hempstead Lake State Park offers biking, a boat launch site, a bridle path, fishing, concession, hiking trails, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, a children's playground, play fields, recreation programs and tennis courts. Winter season activities include ice fishing, ice skating and cross-country skiing. Many of the facilities are handicapped accessible.

Hempstead Lake State Park is located along Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead. A map is available above on this page.

The Hempstead Lake area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit (above 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. Typically Long Island has more than 200 days of frost-free growing season.

West Hempstead, NY 11552

Phone: 516-766-1029

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