The Preserve is located on the Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level.The Minnewaska BCA has many spectacular rock formations, soaring precipices, windswept ledges with pine barrens, fast-flowing mountain streams, mountain lakes and several scenic waterfalls.
Q: I haven't been to Minnewaska State Park Preserve in 10 years or more and I noticed that Lake Minnewaska looks different. A: The p H of the lake has increased, making it less acidic and allowing the survival of an introduced bait fish, the golden shiner.
Q: What should I do if there is moss on my climbing route? Q: What kind of common snakes are found in the Park Preserve?
A: The northern water snake, often seen along the lake edge, and the black rat snake are the two most common, non-venomous snakes found at Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
Parking in the Upper Parking Area requires a cross country ski pass.
Hiking, snowshoeing and pets are not permitted on the groomed cross country ski trails. Barbecuing will not be permitted at any location within Minnewaska State Park Preserve effective April 1, 2018.
These fish eat zooplankton (tiny aquatic animals), who in turn eat phytoplankton (microscopic aquatic plants).