Located in Laurens, NY near Morris, NY is the beautiful Gilbert Lake State Park. The Park has a varied history that ranges from the early 1900’s when is provided water for saw mills and lumbering of all kinds to today’s multi-recreational area with beach.
From 1933 to 1941 it was the home of a Corps of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a project set up by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to employ young men during the Great Depression era. The young men signed onto a military like Corp that provided them with shelter, food and some educational programs and training in exchange for $33 per month of which $25 was sent to their parents back home.
Many of our current State Parks were developed as part of this program including Green Lakes, Chittenango Falls, Letchworth State Park and Selkirk Shores in our CNY area.
During the CCC’s tenure at the park construction of roads, facilities and buildings moved forward, and their handy work is still in view including many of the cabins that the public can rent today. Even the beautiful large shelter on the grounds is still in use!
Gilbert Lake offers the visitor miles of trails, cabins, camping, picnic areas, a beach with a nature center, and with a wonderful museum on the history of the Civilian Conservation Corp that displays hundreds of photos and much memorabilia.
So take a drive to the foothills of the Catskills and enjoy a visit to another piece of CCC and American History.