Previously a seasonal retreat for camping and recreational vehicles, this preserve is now a year-round haven for people and wildlife. Visitors enjoy trails, picnicking, bird watching and nature observation. Century-old oak trees that rise above two scenic lakes, and woodlands, wetlands and marshes offer plentiful habitat for wildlife.
New Trail Extension
Construction is underway on a new 0.75-mile section of trail that will connect to the public sidewalk across Nippersink Road. The project also includes new trail bridges, boardwalks and overlooks. During construction, the preserve will remain open, though temporary trail closures may occur. Please use caution when using the trails and be alert to signage directing away from the work area. Completion is expected by late spring/early summer 2013.
Hike, bicycle or cross-country ski along 1.5 miles of trail circling the lakes and adjoining woodlands. A short woodchip trail winds through open oak groves. Future plans include a trail connection north to Lindenhurst and to surrounding communities.
Extensive shoreline restoration efforts and improved fish habitats make Nippersink a great place to fish. Anglers can fish from shore or from two handicapped-accessible fishing piers. The lakes and streams are open only for catch-and-release fishing. Live bait is permitted. Please use barbless, non-stainless steel hooks.
The preserve also features five picnic shelters, four of which can be reserved for special outings. Gatherings of more than 25 people require a permit.
Other amenities include a boardwalk, a scenic overlook, drinking fountains, toilets and parking areas.
Public access improvements at this preserve were financed in part by funds from the voter-approved 2000 Bond Referendum.