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Belmont Lake State Park

North Babylon, Suffolk County

yellow warbler, hooded merganser, lake side

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In spring, hikers can see an abundance of spring azure butterflies flying low to the ground, and mourning cloak butterflies emerging from tree hollows. Each June, painted and snapping turtles come ashore to lay eggs. Walking on the park's woodland trails, you are likely to see box turtles, squirrels and eastern cottontail rabbits. As the days turn cold, a wide variety of ducks can be seen over-wintering on Belmont Lake, including canvasbacks, widgeons, pintails and mergansers. On clear winter days, painted turtles are seen sunning themselves on semi-submerged logs.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Butterflies
  • Yellow warbler
  • Eastern gray squirrel
  • Eastern cottontail rabbit
  • Hooded merganser
  • Northern shoveler
  • Box turtles, snapping turtles and painted turtles

Where to Watch

  • Trails
  • Lookouts
  • Shoreline

Recreational Opportunities

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Cross-country skiing

Accessible Features

International Symbol of Accessibility

This Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site has accessible features that include boat rentals, picnic pavilions and recreation programs. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.

Size

400 acres

Closest Town

North Babylon

Directions

Go to Google Maps, and enter your address for step-by-step directions to Belmont Lakes State Park. (This link will open a page outside the DEC website. Hold the "Shift" key down, and click on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact Information

Telephone: 631-667-5055
Address: Southern State Parkway, North Babylon, NY 11703
Website: Belmont Lake State Park (This link leaves the DEC website)

Photo Credits: Jim Clayton, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, John Williams