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 community. An annual access pass must be obtained to use the property. Alfred University faculty, staff, and students may use the property for educational purposes with written permission, and are welcome to use for recreational purposes at no charge after obtaining an annual pass.

Recreational activities at the lake include swimming under lifeguard supervision, fishing, bird watching, canoeing and small craft sailing. Recreational trails, picnic areas and limited camping sites 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 faculty/staff: 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 Manager. This includes the use of the pavilion and campsites.

University or non-University organizations or entities that want access to the Foster Lake property must also submit a Foster Lake usage request form to the Foster Lake manager for prior 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


Foster Lake, Inc.

Amanda McMahan
Foster Lake Admin

Tim Heckman
Foster Lake Manager