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Gilbert Lake State Park
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Gilbert Lake State Park
Description - Gilbert Lake State Park lies at the foothills of the Catskills with wonderful views of rolling terrain, a lake and two small ponds. Twelve miles of trails are open year-round for hikers, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. Other park amenities include camping, fishing, recreation programs and Frisbee golf.

Attractions - Gilbert Lake State Park rests on the shores of Gilbert Lake. Despite the small size of the lake it is a source of great enjoyment to anglers, boaters and other water sport enthusiasts. The park rests at the foothills of the Catskills offering wonderful scenery of hardwood forests reflected in the clear waters of one lake and two ponds. A network of hiking trails lead to secluded fishing spots and wonderful overlooks. Recreation programs are offered as well as overnight lodging. Bow hunting permitted.

Recreation - Fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming, recreation programs, boating, mountain biking, a children's playground and Frisbee golf are offered. Boat rental available. Bow hunting permitted.

Climate - The Gilbert Lake State Park area experiences average January temperatures from 18 degrees to above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 to above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 inches to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The heaviest precipitation is received in the region's northeast segment.

Location - Gilbert Lake State Park is located northwest of Oneonta between SRs 51 and 205. The park may be accessed from SR 12 which runs perpendicular between SRs 51 and 205.

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Filed By: Donna
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This place is the best state park I have ever been. It is clean, the staff is friendly - they go out of your way to make you feel at home. I have been going there for years and will be going for years to come!

Filed By: Jim (Chittenango, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is truly a gem. The campground was clean and everyone was friendly. A great place to get away and relax or take the whole family. We will return there often and make it our park of choice for many more camping trips. We are tent campers and the park is perfect for that.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Gilbert Lake is one of the most peaceful, out-of-the-way places. Great for family camping and activities. We've been campers there for years. I believe it's one of NY State's best kept secrets.

Filed By: Thomas (Long Island, N.Y.)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I go camping frequently, Gilbert lake State Park is the most beautiful I've ever experienced in NYS, it was scenic, the rangers were friendly and non aggresive but they did thier jobs well. The cabins were well maintained as well was the park and the Lake is beautiful... Everyone in our group had a great time and will be returning soon. I give Gilbert Lake State Park 5 out of 5 stars.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Gilbert Lake is a beautiful park to visit. The Catskill Mountains are beautiful also. I live in a small town 5 minutes outside Oneonta. Every Memorial Day weekend a big group of us go there to camp. We have a great time. I have been there many many times whether to camp or just for the day. The trails are beautiful. The one around the lake in the woods is a really nice walk. People come from all over and return because they like it at Gilbert Lake. I highly reccommend it for camping, etc.

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Gilbert Lake State Park, RD 1, Box 145 , Laurens, NY, 13796, Phone: 607-432-2114

Additional Information:
Central Travel Region - The rolling heartland of New York finds itself as the dwelling place for over a half-dozen State Historic Sites and over a dozen State Parks, including the popular National Baseball Hall of Fame.
New York Lakes and Rivers -
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.

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