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.
With regard to New York State Parks and Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) proposed plan to allow bow hunting at Connetquot...
As reported by the media, residents who border the Connetquot River State Park Preserve and other users of the preserve have expressed their concerns about allowing bow hunting there beginning November 2015. Friends of Connetquot also has many questions and concerns about this plan. Representatives of the Friends Board of Directors plan to attend a meeting of the LI Regional Commission of the NY Council of Parks to request full information about the proposed bow hunting of deer at the preserve and to voice the organization’s concerns. Said meeting will be held on
Monday, August 3rd at Hempstead Lake State Park. After the meeting, the Friends intend to share the information gleaned from this meeting on this website and our
Facebook page. Please stay tuned.
UPDATE From NYSPRHP :
Thank you for taking the time to contact the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
- Long Island Region regarding the proposal to authorize hunting within Connetquot River State Park Preserve.
We will not authorize hunting within Connetquot River State Park Preserve during the upcoming hunting season (end of 2015 beginning of 2016). We will be continuing our research and meeting with individuals and organizations involved with this issue as well as the individuals and supporters of Connetquot River State Park Preserve over the next several months so that we can make an informed decision moving forward.
18th Annual Gala Celebration
November 2, 2015 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Where: Captain Bill's - Bay Shore,
Friends of Connetquot cordially invite you to join us for an evening of fun at our 18th
Annual Gala Celebration!
See the Gala page for
more, including reservation/sponsorship information.
This year, the Friends will be honoring
Dr. Richard "Doc" Steinberger, Connetquot River
supporter for 35 years and unwavering Hatchery advocate
whom the committee selected to receive the Gil Bergen
An entertaining and fun evening is planned, and we are counting on you to join us in honoring Dr.
Steinberger and in celebrating the past, present and future of the Connetquot Preserve yet again!
Many Thanks to Rita and Jerry Trapani for Decades of Successful Trail Rides/Hikes
After many years of dedication and service, the time
has come for a well-deserved break.
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN...
Friends of Connetquot needs volunteers and organizers
to continue the tradition! If you're interested,
please visit the Trail Ride page and fill out our very brief form. We'll contact you with more information.
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
Connetquot Breakfast and Birding
Saturday, September 12, 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.
Friends' Lecture Series
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Place: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Program: "The Journey and Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt"
Speaker: Bill Reed - Volunteer Tour Guide at Sagamore Hill National Park
Join Bill Reed, who for the past three years has been conducting informative tours of the Roosevelt home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Come and hear the fascinating story of Theodore Roosevelt who overcame a sickly childhood to become the youngest person to hold the office of President, and throughout his full and strenuous life garnered many other accomplishments: Naturalist, author, hunter, explorer, Rough Rider, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, New York City Police Commissioner, trust buster, husband, and father. Theodore Roosevelt still leaves his mark on Americans and people throughout the world, and his policies are still relevant today.
For more details on the Friend's Lecture Series including upcoming and past lectures, see our
Lecture Series page.
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 Spring 2015 has been released.
Here are the highlights:
- On April 18, the instructive Photography Workshop attracted sixteen people interested in improving their photographic skills.
- Erik Kunz of Seemore Carnivorous Gardens presented his Show and Tell Carnivorous Plant Workshop
- Ladies' Tea event on April 26 drew almost one hundred women and required two sessions
- May 2, was I Love My Park Day. Over seventy volunteers came to Connetquot Preserve and helped with many tasks.
- The annual
Fun Trail Ride was held on May 3.
- The Friends, Parks, and Great South Bay Audubon partnered for a
Breakfast and Birding program that attracted nearly forty visitors.
- The Hatchery and
restoration projects are underway and making
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.