Sunday, April 11, 2021

Congers Lake Loop Spring Hike

Congers Lake Memorial Park
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Route 303 Trailway
North Trailway
West Trailway
South Trailway
Memorial Park Trailway

Total Time: 1:00
Estimated Distance: 2.6 miles

Pros: Scenic Lake, Boardwalk
Cons: Area can be busy
Hike Type: Loop hike
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy

Map of Route:

I was looking forward to a nice hike in good spring weather, but the forecast was calling for rain for the entire day. Looking at the radar in the morning, I noticed that I would have a short window of opportunity to hike before the rain arrived. I still brought rain gear along with me just in case. In fact, about 15 minutes after I completed the hike the rain arrived. The weather was foggy with low visibility, but the temperature was pleasant. Everything was starting to bloom and start looking green.

Congers Lake is a very scenic lake with a walking trail around it. It is very close to Rockland Lake, which is much more popular and well-know. Being that there are signs that the park is only open to Clarkstown residents, it receives a lot less traffic than nearby Rockland Lake. The path is paved, but the trail on the entire western side is a boardwalk above the lake.

I parked in the small parking area off Route 303, slightly beyond Lake Road. I took the trail on the eastern side of the trail north for a short distance to the northern side of the lake, parallel to Lake Road. At first I encountered a Snowy Egret in the water, but then I saw a large flock of swans with perhaps 40 members. I have never seen so many swans together in my life! I then continued along the trail on the western  side of the lake, which consists of a boardwalk for its entire length. At the southern part of the lake I encountered yet another large flock of different swans. I then continued around the eastern trail of the lake, going around the bend at the park area, and then walking back to my car.

Map of the Route

Map of the Trails at the Park

Girls Scout Project at the Lake Indicating Animals of Congers Lake

A Foggy Congers Lake

Congers Lake at the Northwestern Corne
Lush Greenery that Recently Emerged

Route 303 Trailway Plaque 

Large Spider Web on the Boardwalk

Park-Like Spring Scene Along the North Side of the Lake

Snow Egret

Two Swans in the Lily Pads Area

More Swans

Twisting Boardwak

Me on the Boardwalk

More Views on the Boardwalk

From the Boardwalk Facing North

Looking Across Congers Lake

Me on the Congers Lake Boardwalk

Lots of Swans in Congers Lake

More Swans

Small Floating Dock in the Lake near the Playground Area

View Looking North from the Dock

View from the Dock Looking South

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