Lake Taghkanic State Park RV & Campground Guide

New York

Lake Taghkanic State Park is located in Ancram, New York, which is positioned right between Taghkanic and Gallatin. The park is 1,569 acres, and 168 miles of the park is Lake Taghkanic, which the park is named after. There are two beaches at the park, a west beach and an east beach, but the west beach is the most popular for swimming, fishing, boating, and water sports. 

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Spring 48-73 F
Summer 75-90 F
Fall 50-75 F
Winter 30-50 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Taghkanic State Park

When you visit upstate NY, there are tons of state parks to explore, one of which is Lake Taghkanic State Park. Since the parks are so close together in this area of the state, traveling in an RV can be fun and take the stress of finding hotel rooms for the family. If you need an RV, rent one from RVshare

Lake Taghkanic State Park Campground

If you plan on spending your time in this state park, then staying at the campground offers a major convenience. There are plenty of trails and activities to enjoy the lake during your visit. In the winter, ice fishing and ice skating are also permitted.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Boat rental, swimming beaches, hiking trails, and playgrounds

Copake Camping Resort

If you are looking for a campground that your entire family will enjoy, then Copake Camping Resort has a lot going for it. It has themed weekends and activities like line dancing, karaoke, and ice cream socials. It even has dog parks for your pet to enjoy.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Heated pool, mini-golf, an arcade, basketball court, and playgrounds

Waubeeka Family Campground

Waubeeka Family Campground is a memorable place that you will come back to visit year after year. You will be able to enjoy themed events like Spring Fling, Christmas in July, Water Wars, and Happy Haunted Halloween Weekend. There is also a giant chessboard, a giant waterslide, and a giant jumping pillow to enjoy.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Swimming beaches, paddle boats, basketball court, bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, volleyball, mini-golf, ping pong, fishing

Interlake RV Park

Interlake RV Park is a family-owned campground that has been in business for more than 50 years. There are plenty of attractions nearby to enjoy, including historic sites like Vanderbilt Mansion and the home of Franklin Roosevelt. The campground is large enough to accommodate big rigs as well.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Fishing pond and lake, boat rentals, swimming pool, playground, volleyball, and horseshoes

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What to Do at
Lake Taghkanic State Park

Inside Lake Taghkanic State Park

Whether you are looking to explore the forest or you are interested in spending time by the lake, there is something at this park for everyone. You can enjoy the swimming beach or rent a boat to take out on the water in the park, which is perfect for anglers who prefer to fish in deeper water. There are sports fields to play ball with other visitors and a few playgrounds that the kids will adore. You can also bike, hike, and ski the trails when the weather is right. In the winter, ice skating and ice fishing are also popular in the park. Hunting by bow and arrow is also permitted during hunting season.

Outside Lake Taghkanic State Park

When you visit this state park, there are plenty of things to explore outside of the park as well. Explore some shopping options, places to eat, and other attractions as well. Don’t forget that you are only about two hours from NYC, so traveling there for a day of exploration could be a fun change of pace.


West Taghkanic Diner

The West Taghkanic Diner is a retro diner that has been around since 1953. The menu consists of classic diner staples made using local ingredients from the farms in the Hudson Valley. If you come for breakfast, make sure to try the burnt-end hash – it’s to die for.

Type: Diner

Location: 1016 NY-82, Ancram, NY 12502

Clermont Café

Clermont Café has a relatively small menu to select from, but you will have a variety of meals to enjoy. The food is made from local ingredients as well. If you like mushrooms, make sure to try the risotto.

Type: Café

Location: 1774 Route 9 #1, Germantown, NY 12526

Grazin’ Diner

The Grazin’ Diner is not your typical dinner with late-night bites. It’s a farm-to-table spot that serves food exclusively from grass-fed animals, and what you order is 100% organic. Don’t forget to try the house-made lemonade.

Type: Diner

Location: 717 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534

Martindale Chief Diner

The Martindale Chief Diner is an iconic roadside diner that has plenty of comfort food for you to enjoy. It’s a gem that you won’t want to miss on your road trip, and the service is top-notch.

Type: Diner

Location: 1000 NY-23, Craryville, NY 12521

Rivertown Lodge Tavern

The Rivertown Lodge Tavern is a place where you can go to get an extravagant meal. They have quite a selection but save room for dessert because the black plum sorbet is delightful.

Type: Fine Dining

Location: 731 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534


Fairview Plaza

There are a variety of places to shop at this location. There is a Target, a Wal-Mart, an ALDI, and a TJ Maxx. If you want to grab some fast food while you are here, there are options like McDonald's and Burger King to consider in the Fairview Plaza.

Location: 160 Fairview Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534

Taconic Orchards

This is where you can grab some apples and fresh produce while exploring the area. They also have amazing, fresh apple cider donuts that you can enjoy. If you would like to pick the apples that you want to take home and explore the orchards, make sure to stop at Taconic Orchards.

Location: 591 NY-82, Hudson, NY 12534

Camphill Village Store

The Camphill Village Store is a store that has several different services that they provide. There is a bakery, a bindery, a candle shop, a woodshop, a weaver, and a healing store, so if you need anything while camping, this spot can cover a multitude of needs.

Location: 85 Camp Hill Road, Copake, NY 12516

Hudson Valley Mall

The Hudson Valley Mall has stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods where you could purchase items to use on the lake. There is also a Target that could be useful if you need clothes while you are camping.

Location: 1300 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Puffy's Poopy Palace

If you tend to bring your dog on your adventures, then it’s likely that you have him on your trip to Lake Taghkanic State Park. You may want to stop by this pet store to stock up on food or treats that he can enjoy while vacationing with you. 

Location: 603 Old NY-82, Craryville, NY 12521


Falling Water Preserve

The Falling Water Preserve is a very nice hiking trail that covers 149 acres of land along the Hudson River. It has picturesque waterfalls, rock ledges, and plenty of fishing opportunities to explore. 

Location: Dominican Lane, Saugerties, NY 12477

Kaaterskill Falls Trail Head

This is a trail that is located in Kaaterskill forest. The hike is only about a half-mile, but it’s a relatively moderate climb to the top of the falls, which means it may be difficult for inexperienced hikers to manage.

Location: NY- 23A, Haines Falls, NY 12436

Clermont State Historic Site

This property became a national historic landmark in 1973. It was home to seven generations of the Livingston family, and Robert R. Livingston Jr. drafted the Declaration of Independence. In addition to the estate, there are four gardens on the property.

Location: 1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown, NY 12526

Rondout Lighthouse

Rondout Lighthouse is a majestic lighthouse that began its life back in the early 20th century. The lighthouse provides expansive views of the Hudson, and you can even learn a little about each lighthouse keeper.

Location: Hudson River, Kingston, NY 12401

Esopus Bend Nature Preserve

Known as the Old Schroeder’s farm to locals, the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is a great place to observe wildlife. The preserve is made up of forests, meadows, wetlands, and more. You can find turkeys, deer, foxes, coyotes, snapping turtles, butterflies, and various birds.

Location: 4 Shady Lane, Saugerties, NY 12477

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How to Get to
Lake Taghkanic State Park

From New York City, take I-87 North to the Saw Mill River Parkway. Then, after a short distance, get on the Taconic Parkway North. Follow this parkway for about 75 miles to reach the park.

From Albany, take I-787 North to I-90. Take I-90 East until you reach the Taconic Parkway. Follow it for about 26 miles to reach Lake Taghkanic State Park.

Entering Lake Taghkanic State Park

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The rest of the year, it’s open from sunrise to sunset.

Lake Taghkanic State Park Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $10.0

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