Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville

#8 of 46 in Nature in Finger Lakes
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Green Lakes State Park is located in the heart of the Central New York State Parks Region. The park is located a short five miles east of Syracuse, the home of the Orangemen and the Great New York State Fair.

We are the home to two meromictic lakes, Green and Round Lakes. Green and Round Lake are extremely deep, with Round Lake measuring at 180 feet and Green Lake at 195 feet in depth. The waters at the bottom of the lake are high in salinity, and are so dense that they never overturn and intermix with the rest of the lake waters (as typically happens seasonally). Because the lakes do not overturn, they have been designated “meromictic” - making them two of few meromictic lakes to exist in temperate climates. Without seasonal overturn and the stirring up of sediments, the lakes appear extremely reflective and clear. Additionally, sediments are able to collect on the basin, creating a uniquely accurate record of the flora and fauna in the lake and surrounding region. The uniqueness of the lakes caused Round Lake to be designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1975.

The park encompasses approximately 1,774 acres and over 10 miles of trails enjoyed year round, open between dawn to dusk. Today, Green Lakes is a popular recreation destination, used by almost 1 million visitors annually for countless outdoor activities. The park has seven cabins and 137 campsites which families rent during the warmer months. Campers and day visitors alike can enjoy the park’s playground, nature programs, grills and picnic areas. A nine hole disc golf course near the Reserve Picnic Area is a unique recreation for beginners and veteran disc golfers. Four different pavilions can be rented at the park for weddings, receptions, birthdays, and almost any other group gathering. During the summer, visitors flock to the park’s life guarded beach, which is the most popular swimming beach in Central New York. In 2009 a new Bath House was erected with a popular concession providing all the comforts of a day at the beach. Rowboats and kayaks are available for rent, and guests can fish from these boats or the shore at Green Lake. The area surrounding the beach is densely forested, featuring miles of trails that can be used for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Another special feature of the park is the 18-hole Green Lakes State Park Golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones. There is a panoramic view from the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse featuring a public restaurant with a sports bar atmosphere. A forty-person conference room is available for meetings and banquets.
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  • It was such a beautiful walk and it was so nice outside, we enjoyed it very much. I don’t know how you couldn’t.  more »
  • A hidden gem in Upstate NY. Offers an easy hiking trail that's perfect for runners too as the ground is soft, relatively flat, and not much loose/wobbly on the ground. the lake itself is paradisical.....  more »
  • Beautiful state campground with lots of natural wonders to explore. Nice sandy beach to relax on or miles and miles of great hiking paths. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available. Most of the camping sites are situated to give privacy. I haven't camped in the newer section with full hook ups but it looks like the sites are still spacious. All of the bathhouses are all recently redone and kept very clean.
  • It’s one of the unique state parks that I’ve visited so far. Water in this lake can only be experienced. Amazing colors and clear water. Kayaking is a must do in this park, you cannot bring your Kayak. There is a crystal kayak, it’s so transparent you can see water beneath you while kayaking. Price for kayak is very affordable. It definitely encourages visitors to try it. There are so many picnic tables. Beach here is very good to swim. There is even a spot to dive. Staffs are really kind. Ample of parking space. Restroom was not too clean but it was a long weekend when I visited, so it’s understandable. Overall definitely worth visiting.

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