Learn more about each site and our rules and regulations.

Click here to view a brochure the describes all the sites.

Fishing is allowed by permit only – come in to the CLC office Tuesdays and Thursdays to pick up your permit. Learn more about the permit system here.  Click here to download a fishing permit application. Permits are $5 for non-members and free for members.

Our Public Conservation Areas are open year-round from dawn to dusk, and free to the public (though of course, we encourage you to make a donation if you enjoyed yourself!). These areas provide a variety of different experiences for visitors, whether you’re interested in trekking up the hills at Round Ball Mountain or Drowned Lands, or watching the monarchs at Greenport Conservation Area (which includes an Accessible for All trail for individuals who use a wheelchair).

We use counters to gather data about trail use.  This helps us to better understand and manage our trails, and is very important when applying for grants and other funding.  To learn more about the TRAFx trail counters we use, please click here.

ENJOY YOUR DAY, RESPECT THE SETTING

  • Hours and fees. Public Conservation Areas are open dawn to dusk. Admission is free
  • Dogs. All dogs must remain on a leash, and owners must remove dog waste.
  • Trash. No receptacles are located on-site. Please take your trash with you.
  • Cars and parking. Park only in the designated parking area.
  • Swimming. We are not legally able to permit swimming at any of our sites. Dogs may swim.
  • Respect the site and its visitors. Audio equipment and radio use is allowed with earphones only. Drones are allowed with permission from CLC. Alcohol is prohibited. Foraging is prohibited.
  • Fire. Open fires are prohibited.
  • Camping. Camping is prohibited. Items left overnight are subject to removal by CLC staff.
  • Hunting and fishing are allowed at select sites by permit only. Contact Nate Davis to learn more about how to obtain a permit.

HUNTING AND FISHING

The Columbia Land Conservancy issues permits every year to a small number of individuals to hunt deer at six of our sites. When visiting these sites during hunting season – October through December – particularly during early morning and evening hours, please wear orange or other bright colors.

Fishing is by permit only; New York State regulations and license requirements apply. For further information, please contact Nate Davis at nate.davis@clctrust.org or 518.392.5252, ext. 205.

Maintenance at our Public Conservation Areas has been supported by the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Hudson River Greenway, and the Wellspring Foundation.

OTHER PLACES TO VISIT

  • CLC is working with the City of Hudson and Columbia County on the redevelopment of the North Bay landfill in Hudson as a recreation and natural area. This project will link the Greenport Public Conservation Area and the City of Hudson.
  • The 120 page Columbia County Outdoors guidebook, for sale in CLC’s store, includes sections on boating, cycling, fishing, winter sports, and hiking in Columbia County. It provides descriptive highlights of 45 locations, includes a detailed map, address, parking, and rules for each property. For each activity, guest authors give an overview of opportunities and resources throughout the County. Proceeds benefit CLC’s conservation work.