Officially christened in 1981, Darien Lakes State Park primarily offers summer activities and vacation opportunities while providing a safe and fun environment for locals. For those overnight guests, Darien Lakes State Park offers a total of 154 campsites. Also, 141 of these sites come with full electric and water hookups, in addition to a fire pit and grill stand.
These sites primarily line the lakefront, so they are great if you are looking to perhaps plan a multi-day fishing trip. If you would rather go fishing, you can always use one of the two concrete fishing piers that extend onto the 12-acre Harlow Lake. If you would prefer something more sedate, there are also several streams and ravines that connect to this body of water.
Fishing is allowed 24 hours a day, provided you come with the necessary licenses. If you are looking to bring your canine, that is fine as long as they stay on a 6-foot leash or shorter. Hunting is another prevalent past time here, with seasons for multiple species running throughout the year. Permits are available via the New York Parks website, as well as in Darien Lakes State Park's central offices.
Canines are allowed inside of the park during hunting seasons, but owners are encouraged to use their best judgment. If you would like to stretch your legs, Darien Lakes State Park also offers eight miles of hiking trails open throughout the year. These trails tend to be rough but not very steep, so a good pair of shoes and a map should keep you on track.
During the winter months, these trails become full of snowmobilers and skiers. Canines are allowed on all hiking trails provided they stay on their leash, and owners clean up any waste they may be left behind. Public swimming is available on Harlow Lake throughout the summer months. Guests are to swim only within the cordoned off areas.