Lawson Lake County Park
Welcome to this underused natural resource in southern Albany County!
Conveniently located on the border of the towns of Coeymans and New Scotland, this beautiful 420-acre park includes a lake, wetlands, forested upland, open fields,
waterfalls and streams.
A variety of fish make their home in the lake, including black crappie,
large mouth bass, pickerel, and various sunfish. Many
species of birds live in the park, and there are excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, including several species of protected fauna.
The park has three marked
trails. Two on the lower half of the park and one on the upper, which offer
access for hiking and cross-country skiing.
two points of access for boating (with car top vessels only) and
January 6, 2016: Lawson Lake is freezing over!
Once the home of Camp Opportunities, we have worked hard to restore the summer youth programs and renewed efforts to improve the park facilities to better accommodate public use and protect natural resources. We hope that this may bring forth new opportunities for the families of Albany County to enjoy the park throughout the year. With an appreciation that there remains more to do, and an understanding that municipal resources are not unlimited, we have been reaching out to the community for the assistance needed to restore Lawson Lake County Park to its original promise.
OPEN: dawn to dusk
This is a carry in–carry out facility! All items, including any refuse carried onto the property, shall be carried out.
Open year round to the public for bird watching, cross country skiing, fishing, hiking, ice fishing, nature study, picnicking, snowshoeing and the use of canoes and portable cartop watercraft.
Use of the buildings is by special permit only, and can be applied for at the Albany County Recreation Bureau, 390 New Salem Road, Voorheesville, or by calling (518) 655-7948.
The following uses and activities are prohibited: consumption of alcoholic beverages, hunting, trapping, motorized vehicles, motorized boats and large watercraft requiring trailers, open fires, overnight camping, and swimming.
In case of emergency, dial 911.
If you have any questions or want to report a problem, call the Albany County Recreation Bureau at (518) 655-7948.