Taghkanic is a town in south central Columbia County covering 40.2 square miles. The population was 1,030 as of 2010. Taghkanic is an older spelling of Taconic, as in Taconic State Parkway.
In 1928 the Taconic State Park Commission considered the suitability of Lake Charlotte as a park. The lake was given to the Commission with some uplands by D. McRa Livingston providing the lake be renamed Taghkanic.
In 1933, with the advent of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a camp was established. Members of the CCC built the East Beach bath house, the beach, camping and cabin area and the water tower.
Today, the East and West Beaches, with fully equipped bathing facilities, picnic areas, game areas, and boat rentals for rowing or fishing, round out a day's stay at the Park. Lake Taghkanic offers a wonderful variety of recreational activities.
The park has tent and trailer campsites and cabin and cottage lodging facilities. Large trucks, RVs and campers can enter from the Route 82 entrance. The park also features boat launch sites, rowboat, paddleboat and kayak rentals, playgrounds, sports playing fields, a rent-able pavilion, as well as a newly renovated recreation hall and showers.
In addition, the park has hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, hunting, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Ice skating and ice fishing are permitted when conditions are appropriate.
There are four Vacation Rental Cottages that have the amenities of home. They include bathroom with toilet and shower, a kitchen with hot and cold running water, refrigerator, stove, microwave, cooking and eating utensils. They also include screened-in back porches facing the water, a picnic table and fire ring.
Lake Taghkanic accepts Camping Gift Cards from Reserve America.
Attractions within the Park:
Boat Shop - rent boats, paddleboats, kayaks
Playgrounds - conveniently located on both sides of the Lake
Snack/Souvenir Shop - great treats and mementos for summers at the Lake
Campground Store - camping supplies, souvenirs, T-shirts
Rec Hall - need a protected spot for gathering a large group? Contact the Park about renting out the Rec Hall for only $50.
Picnic Pavilion - close to the Lake in parking E - the Pavilion is available for $50/day or $60/day if electricity is needed.