Helen L. McNitt State Park

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Helen L. McNitt State Park
Helen L. McNitt State Park is located in New York
Helen L. McNitt State Park
Location of Helen L. McNitt State Park within New York State
Helen L. McNitt State Park is located in the United States
Helen L. McNitt State Park
Helen L. McNitt State Park (the United States)
TypeState park
LocationMadison County, New York
Nearest cityCazenovia
Coordinates42°58′15″N 75°52′36″W / 42.9708°N 75.8766°W / 42.9708; -75.8766Coordinates: 42°58′15″N 75°52′36″W / 42.9708°N 75.8766°W / 42.9708; -75.8766
Area134 acres (0.54 km2)[1]
Created1999 (1999)[2]
Operated byNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
OpenAll year

Helen L. McNitt State Park is a 134-acre (0.54 km2) state park located in the town of Cazenovia in Madison County, New York. The park is adjacent to Cazenovia Lake. Although it remained largely undeveloped since its donation to the state by the McNitt family in 1999, plans to improve lake access and facilities were approved in 2015.


The land comprising Helen L. McNitt State Park was donated by its former owners, the McNitt family, to the State of New York in 1999 with the intention that it be used as a public park. After the state assumed ownership, it remained largely undeveloped, with the exception of a small parking lot built in 2008.[3] Plans to improve access to the lake, including the installation of a dock, building a canoe/kayak launch, and installing boardwalks and pathways, were approved by the Cazenovia Town Board in early 2015.[4] By the end of that year, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that $90,000 in improvements would be made at the park based on the town-approved plan, with construction planned to begin in spring 2016.[5]


The 134-acre (54 ha) park[1] is recognized as the largest parcel of undeveloped property on Cazenovia Lake.[5] It includes 1,300 feet (400 m) of shoreline along the lake, and is a popular spot for ice fishing access during the winter.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. p. 672. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ash Announces Access Plans For McNitt State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. October 25, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Figura, David (June 23, 2014). "Helen L. McNitt Park project would provide greater boating access to Cazenovia Lake". The Post-Standard. Syracuse, New York. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  4. ^ Emerson, Jason (February 17, 2015). "Town moving forward with plan to redesign McNitt State Park lake access". Eagle News Online. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "DEC gives $1.6 million to central New York parks, projects". Rome Sentinel. October 4, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2016.