Connetquot River State Park Preserve is an example of the Long Island Ecosystem. It provides a refuge for game birds, waterfowl, animals and fish. It protects unusual plants like pink lady’s slipper and trailing arbutus in their natural habitats with rare nesting birds such as the osprey.
Within the shade of oak and pitch pine trees are sweet fern, blueberry, huckleberry and other plants that have adjusted to the desert like sandy soil. The preserve has 50 miles of nature trails for hiking and horseback riding and cross-country skiing in winter. Its trail network is a variety of loop trips on both sides of the river.
The preserve has recreational, environmental activities, a museum and gift shop. A Tiny Tots program is presented every other Tuesday. Connetquot River flows through the preserve with fishing for brook, brown and rainbow trout requiring a permit. A special fly-fishing program is offered at $20 for a 4-hour session. Fishing is on a Catch and Release basis, don’t expect a fish fry afterwards, unless you eat out.
Connetquot River State Park Preserve is a 3,473-acre sanctuary in the town of Islip NY just 55 miles east of New York City. The preserve has only basic services without picnic facilities or children’s play area. There are no garbage bins with a carry-in carry out policy.
Near the park entrance is a gristmill from early 1700’s used for grinding of grains. There are also ruins of a carriage house and tavern from the private Southside Sportsmen’s Club built in the early 1800’s. On the north side of the preserve a trout hatchery built over a hundred years ago is still in operation.
Islip is a town on the south shore of Long Island populated by 335,543, within an area of 163 square miles. Matthias Nicoll relocated from England to the area in 1664. He purchased land from the Winne-quaheagh chief in 1683 for a yearly fee of 5 bushels of winter wheat.
Neighboring Long Island MacArthur Airport has 1,311 acres with four runways and two helipads. Air transportation is provided to 2 million commercial passengers annually as well as general aviation. It provides an alternative for air travelers 44 miles east of Manhattan and 67 miles east of Montauk Point at the eastern tip of Long Island.
April - September
6:00 AM – 4:30 PM Tuesday – Sunday
October – March
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Wednesday – Sunday
Connetquot River State Park Preserve is a 6 1/2 hour drive of 365 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east to Syracuse then US 81 south passing Scranton Pennsylvania. Then drive US 80 east into New York over the Hudson River to US 95 south. Nearing Long Island drive east on US 495 following signs to Connetquot River State Park Preserve.
Here’s what one visitor thought of the preserve.
“Overall, its just a wonderful, relaxing place to visit and imagine what life during a simpler time. “