North South Lake, Haines Falls, NY

The Amateur Astronomers Association has an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that allows us to have observing sessions at North-South Lake, located in Haines Falls, New York, in the Catskill Mountains. This is an exceptionally dark location for deep-sky observing.  Our agreement allows only club members to participate.

There is a special Dark Sky Observing Google Group that members can use to reserve a spot for an observing session, to coordinate rides and carpooling, and to share photos after each event:!forum/aaa-dark-sky-observing

If you are an AAA member but do not yet have access to this group, please contact  If you have general questions, please contact one of our event chairs at

Please note that the observing location is locked. Either you will be given the combination to unlock the gate or you will arrange to meet someone who has the combination.

Observing Dates

The observing dates for this year are given below.  Each pair of dates represents a Saturday and a Sunday.  If Saturday is cancelled due to weather conditions, we will go on Sunday night.  If Saturday is not cancelled, members have the option of staying over for an additional day of observing.

2018 (tentative)

May 19, 20
June 9, 10
June 16, 17
July 14, 15
August 11,12
September 8, 9
October 6, 7


Directions from New York City:

Take the New York State Thruway (Interstate Route 87) to Exit 20 (Saugerties). Get on New York State Route 32 North. After about 6 miles bear left onto Route 32A West, which merges into Route 23A. Enter the village of Haines Falls. Make the first right onto County Route 18. Take 18 about 2 miles to where it ends, at the park entrance. After you pay the $10 entrance fee, the road divides.  Bear right. There will be a gate with a combination lock. You should know the combination or have arranged to meet someone who does (see above). BE SURE TO CLOSE THE GATE AFTER YOU ENTER OR LEAVE. Proceed until the road ends at a parking area.

Yahoo map and directions

Detail map of North-South Lake

Event Chairs: Peter Tagatac and Tom Haeberle