Our Mission:
to partner with NYS Parks to enrich the
experience for every park visitor through education, events and stewardship.
We are 100% volunteer driven.


Last Meeting of the Year!

Friends of Moreau Lake - December 2016

I Love My Park Day 2016
Beaver at Mud Pond

- Photo by Sue M. Pierce

2016 Fish Stocking, Rainbow Trout Free at Last

- Photo by PJLomasney

Moreau Lake State Park Virtual Tour!

Please check out the Moreau Lake State Park Virtual Tour! See all the park has to offer by clicking HERE

What's Happening:


  Park Updates



Ice fishing is open for both Moreau Lake and Lake Bonita. Caught fish may be kept following the NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide. Use of motorized augers is not allowed, only manual. Please contact the office, 793-0511 for ice conditions. Lake Bonita is also available for skating and other non-motorized winter recreation



Snowshoeing and cross country skiers - please stay in your respective tracks if possible and PLEASE pick up after your canines.



Upcoming Events



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Spring Overlook Hike

January 20, 2017

1:00 pm

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Eagle Watch

January 21, 2017

9:30 am

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Mud Pond Hike

January 24, 2017

10:00 am

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Cross Country Ski

January 25, 2017

1:00 pm

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Lake Bonita Hike

January 26, 2017

10:00 am


New Happenings!

The Nature Center wall murals are underway by artist Noreen Szmul. Expected completion by springtime

Moreau Lake is starting to fill up per USGS study!

A Beekeeping Apiary is planned for the park to be located near the Nature Center

A maple sugar taping system is being explored for next season.

A new astronomy observatory for the Nature Center is in the planning stages. Along with (3) MIT scientists, the park staff have acquired a new telescope and have been testing out various projects! Stay tuned for exciting new adventures!!



Weather at the Park


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Current Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 35.0 F
Winds: Calm

Extended Forecast:

 
Overnight

Overnight: Cloudy, with a low around 30. Calm wind.
Cloudy

Friday

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Light southeast wind.
Partly Sunny

Friday
Night
Friday Night: A slight chance of rain, snow, and sleet before 11pm, then a chance of rain and sleet between 11pm and 2am, then a chance of rain after 2am.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Light south wind.  Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected.
Chance Wintry
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Lo 30 °F Hi 38 °F Lo 33 °F

 

 



“Appy” Trails

apps you can use!


This first app gives you instant flower and plant identification and is free. Check out LikeThat Garden

This next app gives you bird identification and is free from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Check out Merlin

Pocket Ranger -This FREE, cutting-edge mobile app gives both novice and seasoned outdoorsmen and women essential information in the palm of their hands. Powered by Pocket Ranger® technology, this official app for DEC will provide up-to-date information on fishing, hunting and wildlife watching and serve as an interactive outdoor app using today's leading mobile devices

Then – send your discoveries to us for posting – photos@friendsofmoreaulake.org

Congratulations to

Rebecca Mullins,

Park Naturalist

Rebecca was recently recognized nationally by the National Recreation and Park Association for her work at Moreau in creating a new Inclusive Nature Class designed to help intellectually and developmentally disabled kids, including those on the autism spectrum enjoy the outdoor world around them. Please read the article in the Saratogian and in the NPRA website.

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Please enjoy a YouTube video slideshow of our 2016 NatureFest. Turn on the volume at the end for the release of the Kestrels. A very special THANK YOU to all the exhibitors, sponsors, donors and volunteers who made this possible in supporting our beautiful Moreau Lake State Park!




From the Park Manager
Who are you?
My name is Peter Iskenderian


Where are you from, where did you get your training/college?
I grew up in the suburbs of New York City. I received an AAS in Parks and Recreation Management from the State University of New York at Delhi and a BA in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the California State University at Long Beach.


How long have you been the Park Manager and what was the influence for you to pursue your profession in Parks and Recreation Management?
I have been the Park Manager at Moreau Lake for 8 years and have been with NYS Parks for 16 years. I started my parks career at the bottom of the ladder cleaning bathrooms and mowing and with hard work have worked my way up to the position I currently hold. I always knew what I wanted to do from an early age. My years in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts was my main influence to pursue my profession and formed the ideology I follow today.


What do you enjoy most?
I enjoy talking and interacting with the guests and making sure they have the best possible experience they can while they visit Moreau Lake


What are some of the major plans for 2016?
Major plans for 2016 include the construction of nine rental cabins, a new trails plan for the new property we acquired when McGregor Prison closed and monthly movie night on the beach for our guests.