New York Governor Announces Expansion of Moreau Lake State Park

New York (STL.News) Governor Kathy Hochul today announced an 860-acre expansion of Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County.  The new lands include spectacular natural habitat along an undeveloped stretch of the Hudson River that will be known as Big Bend Point.

“The acquisition at Big Bend Point guarantees the protection of a critical habitat and pristine natural resource,” Governor Hochul said.  “Moreau Lake State Park is visited by hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts each year for camping, swimming, and exploring its popular trail network.  With more people than ever visiting our parks, this acreage will expand options for outdoor recreation in the region and preserve open space in fast-growing Saratoga County.”

New York State Parks partnered with the Open Space Institute (OSI) to protect the former logging site at Big Bend Point in the town of Moreau.  Bounded by two miles of the Hudson River, Big Bend Point includes wide, established logging roads that can be converted into an accessible trail network for year-round walking, bicycling, birding and wildlife viewing, equestrian riding, and non-motorized winter sports such as cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. State Parks plans to install car-top boat/kayak launches, and permit hunting in-season.

With its sandy soils, isolation from developed areas, and open meadows, Big Bend Point offers an exceptional habitat for thousands of native species of plant and wildlife, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly.  Over the past two years, the OSI engaged in a habitat restoration project to create a new home for the Karner Blue — which is expected to support a minimum of 3,000 rare butterfly specimens annually.

The unique topography, biodiversity, and expansive acreage also offer new destinations for Moreau Lake State Park’s robust Nature Education program.  State Parks is developing a site plan that aims to welcome visitors in 2022.