LAKE HENRY IS CALLING
"If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it. ."—Frank Lloyd Wright
Many people who stay with us are just passing through. But, Clayton Park is a destination in itself. And, as we have many times been told, a well hidden gem. Enjoy the camping, fishing, boating and live music, and just a smattering of the right activities offered on the weekends. We are not an activity-oriented park. Our activities are designed to enhance your outdoor experience, and will never overshadow the natural surroundings we are so lucky to be a part of. One of our favorite times of the season is Animal Education Month in August, when local wildlife experts bring out a variety of critters for our education and entertainment.
Campfire Music Series
It all began here in 2008, when we began hosting musicians around the campfire. Every Saturday evening between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend (and special events beyond), enjoy live music from local musicians between 8 and 10pm. Tap to the beat, sing along, dance around, or just hang out and listen under the lakeside open air pavilion at Florence Swoyer's Music Studio. Keep your eyes open, we may occasionally bring music to your campsite, too!
The Campfire Music Series is dedicated to the memory of Florence Swoyer and her undeniable and undefiable love of music.
Due to the pandemic, we may resume epicurean events later in the summer. Our Annual Campers' Party will take place the third Saturday of September. Most of these events benefit the Florence Swoyer Music Scholarship at Marywood University. Chicken BBQ? We have that too. The BBQ is hosted by and benefits our local VFW Post 6520. It will be held July 10, 2021. We also keep you abreast of other local chicken BBQs. For example, the Maplewood Fire & Rescue's Chicken BBQ is Saturday, July 17, 2021, and they're just 5 minutes away. Advance tickets are required for some events, as posted.
CAMPFIRE MUSIC SERIES ©
Every Saturday evening between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend (and special events beyond), enjoy live music on the lakefront from local musicians between 8 and 10pm. Since 2008, our music studio pavilion has been home to this series, which was originally inspired by Florence Swoyer's love of music and all things musical. Come see where it all started...join us around the fire, and help us keep Florence's love of music alive.
Most of our scheduled activities take place Saturday afternoons, about 2pm, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with special events beyond. You might happen upon artsy/craftsy moments, or maybe our annual fire safety, or a dinosaur egg hunt. All of August is live animal education. There's minute-to-win-it, and sometimes we even do field trips. You can find our schedule in our store, or give us a call for more information and updates.
Lake Henry is a well known fishing hole, home to bass, pickerel, catfish and plenty of pan fish. You must have a license to fish our waters. You can buy a license online and less than 10 minutes away in Hamlin. We sell nightcrawlers and a limited supply of fishing equipment.
You can bring your own boat to launch, or rent one of our rowboats. All boaters must obey the slow no-wake zone at the northen end of Lake Henry.
Visit our Boating Page for more information.
OUTDOORS & BIRDWATCHING
There are plenty of places for quiet enjoyment, walking, biking, blueberry picking, bird watching, and wildlife observation. Lake Henry is home to various types of wild life and birds such as bald eagles, otters, herons, egrets, loons, mergansers, and more. Photographic opportunities await you.
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."—Charles Caleb Colton