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Harriman State Park Kayaking (and canoeing, and rowing…)

kayaking harriman state park for the family and kids but you need a permit

Kayaking Harriman State Park: Get a permit, hit the lakes. ©

The Facts:

In General:

  • The season is from April 1 – November 30 at all the lakes except Island Pond, which closes October 15 (Island Pond is, however, closed for the entire 2013 season).
  • Boating is allowed from 5 am to 10 pm.
  • Lake Sebago is closed to swimmers but open to boaters in 2013.
Kayak Harriman State Park canoe dog lakes

You can spend a beautiful day canoeing or kayaking the beautiful back country of Harriman State Park. Look at this dog! He’s unmuzzled! :0) ©


The Harriman State Park Boat Permit:

  • Tiorati Circle (from April 1 to November 30)
    (845) 351-2568
  • Beaver Pond Campground (from April 15 to October 12)
    (845) 947-2792
  • You need a $30.00 season pass to put any type of boat in the waters of Harriman State Park.
  • Permits are available from the park rangers at Lake Tiorati or Lake Welch (see above; call for hours)
  • You’ll also need to purchase a key ($15.00), in person, for any of the “locked” lakes: Tiorati, Welch, Stahahe (closed until further notice) and Island Pond.  “Locked” means that auto access to the lake has been restricted with a wire “gate” and padlock at the street.
  • Boating in Island Pond requires you also have a fishing permit.
  • Island Pond access will be closed for the entire 2013 season.  Call in 2014 for an update: (845) 351-2568.
  • The sticker you’ll get when you pick up your permit must be affixed directly onto your boat, and once it’s there, it’s on good.  So, bring some tape or other temporary means of affixing the sticker if you don’t want it to be on there permanently.
  • You MUST bring your boat and PFD with you at the time of getting your permit.
Canoe Kayak Harriman State Park paddler water reflection

Canoeing on a lake in Harriman State Park.  ©

On the Water:

  • You are not allowed to get out of your boat once on the water: no swimming, no strolling the distant shorelines, no island-hopping, no diving off someone else’s floating dock.
  • No rolling of kayaks, either.
  • No alcohol.

Views from the ‘Net:

“I like paddling these lakes because while the lake with the boat launch is crowded, you can paddle through a couple tunnels to this totally peaceful and serene lake with nothing on its sides and rarely more then one person fishing on the water.”  –Frum Outdoorsman

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