Gilbert Lake State Park offers year-round recreational opportunities. Please note an entrance fee may apply.
Recreational Activities at Gilbert Lake State Park
- Cross Country Skiing
Fishing on Gilbert Lake
Known mostly for its trout, Gilbert Lake has provided some of the most impressive largemouth bass over the past several years. It is stocked annually with approximately 700 rainbow trout (8-15" in length). Ice fishing is prohibited, and has a daily limit of 3 trout.
- Rainbow Trout
- Golden Shiner
- Creek Chub
- White Sucker
- Brown Bullhead
- Largemouth Bass
- Yellow Perch
From State Highway 205, turn at the flashing red light to the Village of Laurens. At the T intersection, turn left, proceed about .5 miles through the village, and turn right on County Highway 12. The entrances to the park is on the right at 4.6 miles from State Highway 205.
From State Highway 51, travel east on County Highway 12 for 4.2 miles. The entrance to the park is on the left.
After the entrance station, bear left at the first fork (CCC Road). The parking lot on the left is kept open all year and provides access to all trails from the loop trail (approximately one mile long) around Gilbert Lake. During the late spring, summer, and early fall, parking for the Ice Pond Trail is available on Cabin Colony Road; continue on CCC Road to the bathing area and turn left across from the bathing beach. When Cabin Colony Road is closed for the season, parking may also be found at the bathing beach.
The park contains over 12 miles of trails available to hikers, skiers, and snowshoers. A map for the entire park is available at the park office.
The Ice Pond-Lake of the Twin Fawns trail, a loop of trail about 2.5 miles, traverses both wooded and open land. The wide trail is marked with signposts at intersections and easily followed. It is gently rolling, excellent for skiing and snowshoeing.
Beginning at the trailhead parking area on Cabin Colony Road, the trail follows a road north toward Ice Pond. It soon comes to a fork with the Deer Run Trail. Bear left, continuing on the road. After crossing a small stream, the trail meets the Wilderness Trail on the left. Continue straight ahead to Ice Pond. Cross the impoundment for the pond to the intersection with Spring Pond Loop. Turn left and continue straight ahead to Lake of the Twin Fawns.
The trail now begins its loop back to the trailhead, rising and then descending to the intersection with the Wilderness Trail to the left. Continue straight. At the end of the trail, bear left and continue along the road, keeping left at the next three intersections until you reach the parking are.