Lawson Lake County Park

Lawson Lake County Park

Located on the border of the Towns of Coeymans and New Scotland, this 420-acre park includes a lake, wetlands, forested upland, open fields, waterfalls and streams. Fish found in the lake include black crappie, large mouth bass, pickerel, and various sunfish. There are also many species of birds and excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing at and around the lake, and several species of protected fauna. Three marked trails, two on the lower half of the park and one on the upper, offer access for hiking and cross country skiing.

There are two points of access for boating (with car top vessels only) and fishing. One is at the west side of the lake and can be reached by taking the main entrance road to a drop-off point at the lake (no parking lot). The other launching point on the east side of the lake can be accessed by parking your vehicle in the lot along Lawson Lake Road, and carrying your vessel down the path to the launching point.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares and Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple Sr. welcome the opportunity to familiarize you to the underused natural resource maintained in southern Albany County, Lawson Lake County Park.

Once the home of Camp Opportunities, the County has 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.


Please note: This is a carry in—carry out facility!

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 at the Park 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.

All items, including any refuse carried onto the property, shall be carried out.

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.