Rockland Lake, NY

The commercial history of Rockland Lake dates back to the 18th century when the area was known as Slaughter Landing because of the natural ravine in the Palisades just north of Verdriegete Hoek, the name the Dutch gave for Hook Mountain. The Hook was known as "The Troublesome Point" where a hotel and ferry landing to Tarrytown stood from the time of the Revolution until the 1900s. During the 19th century ice was harvested from the pristine waters of Rockland Lake and rock was quarried from the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River. Later, the lake became a popular resort area and amusement park attracting people from New York City by steamboat and train. In the 20th century, with the invention of refrigeration, the ice industry collapsed and preservation of the Palisade cliffs began. The state acquired most of the property and created Rockland Lake State Park as we know it today.

Rockland Lake Today

In 2004, The Friends of Rockland Lake, Inc. was founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the preservation of the local history and the valuable resource of Rockland Lake State Park.

If you enjoy the Lake, the Hudson River, fishing, hawk watching, hiking trails, golf, swimming, bike riding or just relaxing or reading, Rockland Lake has something for you.

 

Membership in The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain

Your membership support will be designated specifically to projects for Rockland Lake State Park. The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain, Inc. is not part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) but is made up of concerned individuals like you wishing to work in collaboration with the PIPC to preserve this valuable local resource.

Membership
Levels


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Support:

The Hawk's Circle


$100.00*

The Egret's Flight

 

65.00*

The Snapping Turtle's Nest

 

45.00*
The Mallard Ducklings
(For Senior Citizens and Students)
20.00

 



*New and renewing members will receive a copy of Arcadia's new book, Rockland Lake, Hook Mountain, and Nyack Beach, by Robert Maher, President of The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain.

 

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Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain

Board of Directors:

 
Robert Maher, President
Dennis Poole, Vice President
Kevin Cramsie, Treasurer
Diane Donahue, Secretary
Stephen Coyle
Joel Epstein



Highlights of Past Events:

Knickerbocker Ice Festival



The Friends contributed a dozen educational signs for the Festival. They were placed along
the Ice Sculpture path and provided a virtual history tour.

One of the five sculptures from the ice carving competition.

Historic Marker Installation and Press Conference

On October 4, 2008 The Friends installed a historic marker at the site of the former historic ice cutting industry in cooperation with the Rockland County Historical Society and the Office of Parks and Recreation. The historic marker was funded through Friends' membership proceeds and the Town of Clarkstown.

Please click here for more photos.

Thank You   

A generous thank you to Parks & Trails, NY for a $1,500 capacity building grant to support the development of a new membership information brochure. www.ptny.org

Articles of Interest from
 
  Palisades Parks Conservancy
Parks and Trails New York
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

Hudson River Valley Greenway

Hudson River Valley Heritage. Type "Rockland Lake" in the search box for great photo archives of Rockland Lake
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Resources  
New Rockland Lake Silent Movie Links:

Thomas Edison at Rockland Lake, silent movie (YouTube) "Loading the Ice on Cars, Conveying it Across the Mountains and Loading it into Boats," 1898

Thomas Edison at Rockland Lake, silent movie (YouTube) "Cutting and Canaling Ice," 1902

Palisades Parks Conservancy
Parks and Trails New York
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

Hudson River Valley Greenway

Hudson River Valley Heritage. Type "Rockland Lake" in the search box for great photo archives of Rockland Lake
ArtsRock provides performing arts that are available, affordable and accessible to everyone and assists existing not-for-profit performing arts organizations.

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