Foster Lake

Foster Lake, Alfred University's 25-acre recreational area, is open for the season for all kinds of outdoor activities and it's just minutes from campus!

Acquired by the University in 2002, Foster Lake is part of a 220-acre site available for academic use by the university and for recreational use by the university and community. Alfred University students, employees, and retirees may use the property by displaying their AU parking pass on their vehicle. Non-AU community members may buy an annual membership to access the property and will receive a Foster Lake parking pass for their vehicle.

Recreational activities at the lake include swimming under lifeguard supervision, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and small craft sailing. Recreational trails and picnic areas circle the lake. The adjoining woods are moderate to heavy, thanks to reforestation efforts that began in 1950.

Foster Lake Brochure & Access Pass Application (PDF)

Access Pass

Fee Schedule (January 1 - December 31):

  • AU students/employees/retirees: no charge
  • Individual Rate: $150
  • Family Rate: $200

Property Usage

Access Pass Holders of Foster Lake, Inc. may request use of Foster Lake property for private functions by completing and submitting the Foster Lake usage request form to the Foster Lake administrator. This includes exclusive use of the pavilion. There is a $75 charge for reservations that are not AU events.

University entities planning a Foster Lake event must also submit a Foster Lake usage request form to the Foster Lake administrator for approval.

Foster Lake Usage Request (PDF)

Policies, Rules & Regulations

View all the policies related to Foster Lake and the access pass. Also review rules & regulations for Foster Lake to know what is expected of you while on the property.

Foster Lake Rules & Regulations


Amanda McMahan
Foster Lake Admin