Clarence Fahnestock State Park

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A view of the park in Autumn.
Pelton pond located in the park.

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park a 14,086 acre (56.3 km2) New York state park, in Putnam and Dutchess counties. The park has hiking trails, an environmental center, a beach on Canopus Lake, and fishing on four ponds and two lakes.[1] Most of the park is in northern Putnam County between the Taconic State Parkway and US Route 9.

The original land, a donation of about 2,400 acres (9.6 km2), was donated in 1929 by Dr. Ernest Fahnestock as a memorial to his brother Clarence. Clarence Fahnestock, Ernest's brother, died in the post-World War I influenza epidemic treating patients with the disease.

During the winter season, part of the park functions as the Fahnestock Winter Park. The park also includes the Taconic Outdoor Education Center.

The park includes a beach, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, recreation programs, a nature trail, hiking and biking, a bridle path, seasonal turkey and deer hunting, fishing and ice fishing, a campground with tent and trailer sites, sledding, ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, a boat launch with boat rentals, and a food concession.

The park's forests form part of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.[2]

During the United States federal government shutdown of 2013, the park was the subject of a satirical "imagined monologue" published by McSweeney's Internet Tendency.[3]

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  2. ^ Olson, D. M, E. Dinerstein, et al (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth". BioScience 51 (11): 933–938. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2. 
  3. ^ Kleckner, Rob (3 October 2013). "I am Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, and this government shutdown is my time to shine". McSweeney's Internet Tendency. McSweeney's. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 

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Coordinates: 41°25′44″N 73°51′29″W / 41.429°N 73.858°W / 41.429; -73.858