Hempstead Lake State Park is a multi use facility. Included are 20
tennis courts, children's playgrounds, basketball courts, bridle trails
for horse back riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas
and a historic hand carved wooden carousel. There is a picnic pavilion
available 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. Fishing in Hempstead Lake is by catch and release
only. 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 crappe, perch,
tiger muskies, carp and sunfish.
Exit 18 of the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead.
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