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Grafton Lakes State Park

Grafton, Rensselaer County

Young Foxes, Grafton Lake

Although Grafton Lakes State Park is located in Rensselaer County, its elevation on the Rensselaer Plateau appeals to wildlife more representative of the Adirondacks and Catskills. Located between the Taconic and Hudson valleys, the site has five large ponds and a reservoir.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Wood duck
  • Northern goshawk
  • Ruffed grouse
  • Great blue herons
  • Eastern bluebird
  • Beavers

Where to Watch

  • Nature trails
  • Hiking trails
  • Fire Tower
  • Beach

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Accessible Features

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This Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site has accessible features, including fishing and a beach. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


2545 acres

Closest Town



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Contact Information

Telephone: 518-279-1155

Address: 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton, NY

Website: Grafton Lakes State Park (This links leaves DEC's website)

Photo credit: OPRHP