Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram

4.2
#114 of 149 in Nature in New York State
• Boat Shop - rent boats, paddleboats and/or kayaks

• Playground - brand new playground area overlooking the lake!

• Snack/Souvenir Shop - great summer fare for hungry swimmers! Select merchandise for sale.
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4.5
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  • July 24, 2017
    This park is nice and clean. The lake is always beautiful and they always have plenty of staff (lifeguards/park rangers) to ensure it's safe for the kids. The beach area for swimming is roped off and ...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    We took 3 generations of family here. Well-structured beach area with guards. Canoes, kayaks, and rowboats were easy to rent - though for cash only. AND, we had to place $40/boat for deposit - $120! T...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    We went there yesterday and enjoyed a relaxing day at the beach. My teens spent the day in the water! It was very clean and even though there were a lot of people there, it wasn't overcrowded. It was ...  more »
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  • September 11, 2016
    This is a beautiful, hilly park on a beautiful lake with a nice swimming beach and concession stand. A wonderful place to spend time swimming, camping, sunning, rowing and the like. In addition to the campground, it has a large number of cabins that looked very nice and are convenient to the beach. The facilities at the beach, including showers, are well maintained and clean. I used the campground with my 19-foot mobile home for four nights. The lack of electric and water connections is a shame, as the campsites are rather nice. If the park is full, you are pretty close to neighbors, many in groups that can be loud. If less than full, it is a beautiful place. Restrooms and showers at the campground are just adequate, nothing more. And there is a little camp store open a couple of hours morning and afternoon. That is convenient. One annoyance, it is very difficult to get a sense of the location of campsites from the maps on the website, or to know how close or far they are from the lake and amenities. I chose a site that was close to the nature center and the “east beach,” and then found that both were closed for the season. (The beach closing was disclosed on the website, but I missed it.) So it was a long walk – maybe half an hour – or a short bike ride to the west beach. In spite of the noted deficiencies, I enjoyed my time there and would consider going back. I grade the park a B/B-.
  • August 9, 2016
    Best lake around..clean and nice. Playground close by. Not overly crowded and alot of lifeguards so you feel safe. Nice sand and water. We've gone multiple times this year and will continue to go and recommend to people.. definitely worth the drive for me.
  • July 6, 2016
    Amazing park!! The park, the trails, the water and fishing and camping are all amazing. I won't be able to describe how great this place is in words. The water is always warm and clear. Every bass and pickerel I catch out of this lake are usually large to huge. Since motors aren't allowed on the lake, I used a really nice bass to pull me around. My favorite park of all the parks I've been to.
  • June 15, 2016
    Been going to Lake Taghkanic for almost 40 years. Love the the lake the fishing and the quiet. Have camped up there a couple of times and loved it. Was here last year camping with 4 of 5 grand kids. This year my wife and I are bringing the 3 year old too. Can't wait.
  • July 29, 2016
    Nice big lake, we normally go and rent kayaks or rowboats. There is a small beach with an area for swimming. There is also a small concession area for your normal food needs. Parking is adequate and areas can be reserved for groups. All in all a great park.

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