Description - Located 12 miles east of Troy, New York, Grafton Lakes State Park is an angler's delight. Five different ponds offers a variety of warmwater and coldwater catches. Electric motors are permitted. The forested mountain ridge between Taconic and Hudson Valley is a beautiful location for rest and relaxation. Nature trails, bridle paths and bike trails offers an opportunity to explore the forests year-round.
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Grafton Lakes State Park
- Grafton Lakes State Park, on the forested mountain ridge between the Taconic and Hudson Valleys, includes five ponds. Long Pond has a large, sandy beach, which is a popular summer attraction. Fishermen can go after rainbow and brown trout in Long Pond; brook trout in Shaver Pond; pickerel and perch in Mall Pond, and bass and walleye in Martin-Durham Reservoir. All ponds have launch facilities for canoes, sailboats and rowboats. Visitors also picnic, walk the nature trails, and hike, bike or ride horses along the 10 miles of park trails. In winter, the trails are groomed for cross-country skiers and snowmobilers, and visitors may also snowshoe or ice skate.
Recreation - Visitors to Grafton Lakes State Park will enjoy a sandy swimming beach, trout-stocked fishing waters, a boat launch site, bike paths, bridle paths, hiking trails, a nature trail, a children's playground, recreation programs, picnic pavilions and picnic tables, showers, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoe trails and ice skating. Electric boat motors permitted.
Climate - The Grafton Lakes area has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from 14 to 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. A slender parcel along the eastern state line receive the heaviest precipitation.
Grafton Lakes State Park is located off SR 2, 12 miles east of Troy. A map is available above on this wildernet page.