The Friends of Connetquot
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
preservation, conservation and continuation for
future generations of the Connetquot River State
Park Preserve. In order to maintain the
environmental, ecological, cultural and historical
integrity of the 3,473 acre preserve, the groups’
- To help preserve the pristine environment
- To lend support to the management
- To help support the fishing habitat, woodlands, flora and fauna, hiking and bridle trail facilities and the educational programs
- To help protect and restore historic buildings
The Friends of Connetquot believe that the act of preservation is best accomplished when we keep an eye on the past, a foothold in the present, and our arms outstretched for the future.
Hatchery to Reopen and Restore Trout Fishing on Connetquot River State Park
Hatchery expected to produce 35K trout for river fishery and Long Island State Parks
On October 23, we were happy to announce that the Connetquot River State Park Preserve hatchery will reopen next year, helping to reinvigorate the rich trout fishing tradition on Long Island's Connetquot River. The Environmental Protection Fund will pay for $150,000 in upgrades to the historic hatchery, which will begin this winter.
The hatchery in Oakdale has been closed since 2008,
after Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis (IPN) was detected.
Though harmless to people, IPN is a contagious disease
that can be fatal to young fish of the Salmonid family,
including Rainbow, Brook and Brown trout. State Parks
has since worked with the Department of Environmental
Conservation (DEC) to eliminate IPN from fish in the
river and develop the plan to reopen the hatchery.
READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE
Photography Workshop for Beginners
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.
Join award-winning photographer and president of Friends of Connetquot for an informative session on the basics of using photographic equipment and composition techniques to create beautiful images. Then join him on a walk to photograph nature on the trails of Connetquot. Don’t miss this chance to improve your skills.
Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Meet at the Main Building
Workshop and refreshments are free and open to all - $8 Parking Fee (None with a N.Y.S. Empire Pass)
Registration is Required. To reserve your spot in this popular workshop, beginning 2 weeks prior to the event, call the Preserve at 631-581-1072 or
email the Friends at email@example.com.
Connetquot Breakfast and Birding
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Place: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Program: Join Friends of Connetquot, Great South Bay Audubon Society and NY State Parks Environmental Education Office at Connetquot River State Park Preserve for a continental breakfast, an introduction to bird identification, and a walk in beautiful Connetquot Preserve to find and identify migrating and other resident birds.
No cost for breakfast, $4 per adult for program, $8 parking fee (none with a NYS Empire Passport).
RSVP required: call Connetquot State Park Preserve at 631-581-1072 to register.
OnCell Audio Walking Tour!
Did you know you can take a walking audio tour of Connetquot River State Park Preserve using your own cell phone?
Thanks to OnCell and the Friends of Connetquot, you
can learn about the history behind the landmarks of the
park such as Mile Marker "50", the various bridges along
the trails, the Ice House, Hatchery and more!
Plus, you can find out what to look for as you walk the
trails of the park. It's a whole new way to see
Connetquot even if you've been here hundreds of times.
download the map here or get one at the
entrance booth as you come in to the park. Call
631-703-3313 to begin the tour and look for the markers
along the trail. Enter the number on the marker
and you'll be treated to a short summary of what you're
looking at and what to look for.
Friends of Connetquot Receive $2,500 Grant from Parks
& Trails New York
April 1, 2015
Oakdale, NY - The Friends of Connetquot Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the
Friends were awarded a Parks & Trails New York Capacity Building Grant of $2,500. The grant
will fund educational signage that will describe the workings of the historic Nicoll Grist Mill at
the Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale, New York.
The Friends have been spearheading the restoration of the Mill. To date, the structural and
exterior finish work is complete; work on the interior and the Mill mechanisms is scheduled to
begin this summer. Once complete, the Mill will be a functioning mill and a museum dedicated
to increasing the public’s understanding of the social and industrial history of Long Island and
the Preserve's role within that framework.
The educational signs funded by
Parks & Trails New York
will be used to both highlight the Friends' activities at the Preserve,
particularly the Mill restoration, and the Mill’s history from its
construction in the 1700s until now, its internal mechanisms, including
a description of how the horizontal tub wheels grind and operate, and
the natural aspects that are necessary for Mill functions, such as hydro
power. There will be five signs in all, posted on both the exterior and
interior of the Mill.
Friends Board Chair Robert Labuski, speaking on behalf of the Board,
has said that the Friends "are grateful to Parks & Trails New York for
their support of the Mill restoration. Such support is crucial to our
the press release in PDF format
Chairman's Letter, FOC Newsletter,
The Chairman's Letter for Winter 2015 has been released.
Here are the highlights:
- On Saturday, January 17, a full house of eager birders attended our first
Birding and Breakfast of the year.
- Our first lecture of the year, "The South Side Sportsmen's Club, the People and the Place," drew over twenty-five attendees.
- The Friends continue guiding the
Nicoll Grist Mill and
Hatchery projects toward the finish line.
- Drilling of the required well for the Fish Hatchery is expected to begin when the ground has thawed.
Please visit the Chairman's Letter page to read the full letter.
OnCell Audio Walking Tour!
Did you know you can take a walking audio
tour of Connetquot River State Park Preserve using your own cell phone? Thanks to
OnCell and the Friends of Connetquot, you can learn about
the history behind the landmarks of the park such as Mile
Marker "50", the various bridges along the trails, the Ice
House, Hatchery and more! Plus, you can find out what
to look for as you walk the trails of the park. It's a
whole new way to see Connetquot even if you've been here
hundreds of times.
Simply download the map here or get one at the entrance booth as you come in to the park. Call 631-703-3313 to begin the tour and look for the markers along the trail. Enter the number on the marker and you'll be treated to a short summary of what you're looking at and what to look for.