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Description - Hempstead Lake State Park encompasses the largest lake in Nassau County. In addition it includes three fishing ponds. Warmwater species may be caught in all locations. Car top boats are permitted. A variety of recreation is offered including tennis courts, miles of multi-use trails, picnic groves and even a historic hand carved wooden carousel. The park is open year-round thereby offering ice skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing in winter.

Attractions - Hempstead Lake State Park is a multi-use facility. Included are 20 tennis courts, children's playgrounds, bridle trails for horse back riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand carved wooden carousel. A picnic pavilion may be reserved for large parties. There are three ponds that are accessible for fishing. On Hempstead Lake, the largest lake in Nassau County, you are permitted to use car top boats with an annual permit issued from the Park. McDonald Pond and South Pond are stocked with trout in the fall and you may target trout throughout the winter months. Other species present include large mouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, perch, tiger muskies and sunfish.

Recreation - Hempstead Lake State Park offers biking, a boat launch site, a bridle path, fishing, concession, hiking trails, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, a children's playground, play fields, recreation programs and tennis courts. Winter season activities include ice fishing, ice skating and cross-country skiing. Many of the facilities are handicapped accessible.

Climate - The Hempstead Lake area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit (above 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. Typically Long Island has more than 200 days of frost-free growing season.

Location - Hempstead Lake State Park is located along Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead. A map is available above on this page.

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Filed By: Andrew Collins (Rockville Centre, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I am a resident and i use a fly rod and fly reel and i normally fish over by the green house past mcdonald pond going towards the bathroom area and there is a place where there is a current i have fished for the last 10-11 yrs and i use flies and the best thing is normally when i go i catch trout 5-13 inches and bass about 5-15 pounds. But on other side i normally use a fly rod with a spin casting real and with 17pound red cajun line about a 8-10 size hook and a bober about 5-8 inches away no weight so the line can free float under bober and on a sunny or somewhat cloudy sunny day with a breeze from behind u could catch a good size trout or bass u can normally find me in a wader suit and ask me any question. so i am normally there befor 3 or ss well on the weekends and friday. so i hope u have fun and i will keep updates.

Filed By: Raymond P. Rodriguez (South Hempstead, ny)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: the best place to catch fish would be mcdonalds pond there I personaly caught well over 20-30 sunfish also small large mouth bass 2-3 inches. 2 of my largest fish were bass which were around 7 inches! the tackle i use is pretty simple:Fly rod and reel with leader line and 6 pound triline line where i use a simple hook (around a size 8 or 10 hook). The bait i use are small shrimp or krill the sun fish love `em. I sometimes meet some people and they ask me what i use and i tell them. The greatest spot is along the road side or opposite side. You might see me one day i usually wear a fishermans vest(like silverish) last time i was there was October 10 2002 when i was with my friend. We could not find a fish so we left and came back around 4 or 5 o`clock we were on the opposite side of the road and were casting into the shadows on the water. This provided us with fish because when the sun was over head the fish could see the bait and they would skatter but the shadow prooved well for that day. if you plan to fish there keep an open mind and be patient that`s really my only skill i use! I buy my shrimp at petco and it works the best. like i said if you see me please say hi, i will tell you some secrets and tips for fishing in lakes and rivers.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: it trully sucked !!!

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Contact Information:
Hempstead Lake State Park, NOT NECESSARY , West Hempstead, NY, 11552, Phone: 516-766-1029

Additional Information:
Long Island Travel Region - Millions of annual visitors find Long Island to be a recreation haven, particularly along the southern coast. Extending 118 miles, this urban stretch of land offers everything from historical sights to mammal observations.
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.

New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website


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