Gilbert Lake State Park
|Gilbert Lake State Park|
|Location||18 CCC Road
Laurens, New York
|Nearest city||Laurens, New York|
|Area||1,584 acres (6.41 km2)|
|Operated by||New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation|
|Visitors||77,959 (in 2014)|
|Website||Gilbert Lake State Park|
Gilbert Lake State Park is a 1,584-acre (6.41 km2) state park in Otsego County, New York, USA. Most of the park is in the Town of New Lisbon, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains east of the community of New Lisbon and north of Oneonta.
Gilbert Lake State Park was among the first parks developed by New York State in Central New York. Acquisition of land for Gilbert Lake State Park, which sits upon lands previously used for timber production, began in October 1926. Development of the park began soon afterward, and was accelerated by the presence of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp between 1933 and 1941. The CCC undertook various improvement tasks, including building numerous cabins, constructing dams, establishing a wildlife refuge, enacting erosion control, and building a network of roads and trails.
The park offers a beach, a boat launch and boat rentals, cabins, a campground, disc golf, hunting and fishing, hiking and biking, ice skating, picnic tables and pavilions, a museum, a nature trail, a playground, recreation programs, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, and a food concession.
The park includes the New York State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, which features memorabilia, photographs, printed materials and exhibits about the works of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the park and in other parks in New York and the United States.
- "Gilbert Lake State Park - Getting There". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
- "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. pp. 671–674. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
- "New York's Heartland: The development of the state parks program in central New York 1925-1950". The Preservationist (NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation) 8 (1): 14–19. Spring–Summer 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 27, 2008. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
- "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
- "Gilbert Lake State Park Amenities and Activities". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
- "Gilbert Lake State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved February 15, 2016.