Here's Where to Go Swimming in the Hudson Valley

Cool off at our public pools and beaches.


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Lake Taghkanic State Park

Photo courtesy of NYS Parks and Historic Preservation

State Parks

 

Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain, Rockland

The pool is in a beautiful wooded setting, just before the zoo entrance. A large play field and picnic groves allow for a full day of sun and surf. Other water activities at the park include paddleboat and rowboat rentals on Hessian Lake. 

845.786.2701, ext. 242 

 

Cherry Plain State Park

Petersburg, Rensselaer

This 175-acre park features a sandy beach on Black River Pond, with picnic grounds and a boat launch adjacent to the beach. The surrounding area is home to countless hiking, biking, and nature trails. The pond cultivates a large ecosystem of marine life, and fishing is permitted. 

518.733.5400 

 

Clarence Fahnestock ​Memorial State Park

Carmel, Putnam

The beach at Canopus Lake is a popular spot for swimming and picnicking for both day visitors and campers. The park covers land in Putnam and Dutchess counties, providing ample opportunity for hunting, fishing, birding, and moreYou can also tour the lake on a rented rowboat. 

845.225.7207 

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park

Yorktown Heights, Westchester

They don’t do things small in Westchester: this pool is twice the size of an Olympic-sized pool. For fishing and boating, visit the park’s Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond. Fields for volleyball, soccer, basketball, and more are available at the parks spacious picnic areas. 

914.245.4434 

 

Grafton Lakes State Park

Cropseyville, Rensselaer

Long Pond, one of the six ponds at this 2500-acre park, is the place to go for swimming and a large beach. Other water activities at the park include canoeing, sailing, row boating, and fishing at any of the ponds. Electric boats are allowed, and visitors can traverse the 25 miles of park trails freely.  

518.279.1155 

 

High Tor State Park

New City, Rockland

The park includes a public swimming pool and offers miles of trails for hiking that provide gorgeous views of the Hudson River. Follow the Long Path into the Catskills, or simply enjoy the day at the pool before hitting the shower.  

845.634.8074 

 

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Kerhonkson, Ulster

Surrounded by jagged cliffs sprouting from lush forests, Lake Minnewaska features an unspoiled beach and swimming experience backdropped by the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge. Aside from the usual park amenities, the Preserve also offers plentiful opportunities to rock climb, scuba dive, and boulder on the many lakes, waterfalls, and rock faces in the park.  

845.255.0752 

 

Lake Superior State Park

Bethel, Sullivan

In addition to swimming, rowboats and paddleboats are available to rent at the park. Dogs are also allowed on the beach as long as they are placed on a leash less than six feet long. 

845.807.0287 

 

Lake Taghkanic State Park

Ancram, Columbia

As you enjoy the serenity of the park’s two beaches, let the kids enjoy the nearby playgrounds. A rentable pavilion, sports fields, and a newly renovated recreation hall creates a fun and entertaining environment for groups of all kinds. The boat shop in the park includes boat, paddleboat, and kayak rentals. 

518.851.3631 

 

Harriman State Park

Stony Point, Rockland

You’ll find swimming beaches at Tiorati and Welchtwo of this park’s lakes. The park itself has 31 lakes and reservoirs in total as well as 200 miles of hiking trails, making it the second largest in New York’s park system. Public camping areas, tons of wildlife vantage points, and comprehensive waterfront facilities make this park a must-see. 

845.947.2444 

 

Rockland Lake State Park

Valley Cottage, Rockland

This park features a 25,000 sq ft zero-entrance swimming pool with diving boards, a spray ground, and two large water slides. There is also a picnic area with tables, grills, and a playground. Six tennis courts and two 18-hole golf courses are also available. 

845.268.3020 

 

Taconic State Park

Copake Falls, Columbia

Located along the Taconic Mountain Range, this park offers two main waterfronts: Rudd Pond and Copake Falls. The extensive surrounding trail system has a myriad of footpaths that vary in difficulty. Copake Falls has a well-maintained campground, and Rudd Pond is a 64-acre getaway with tent sites, rowboat and kayak rentals, and a beautiful view of the surrounding ridge and countryside. 

518.329.3993 

518.329.3993

 

Tallman Mountain State Park

Sparkill, Rockland

The Tallman Beach and Pool Club located inside the park is open seven days a week and requires a club day pass or a season pass. The Club offers a sandy beach area, summer concerts and events, poolside service, and an unbeatable view.  

(845) 359-0544 

https://tallmanpoolclub.com/ 

 

All state parks can be found at https://parks.ny.gov/parks

 


Tibbetts Brook Park

Photo courtesy of Tibbets Brook Park

 

More Public Pools & Beaches

 

Albany County

 

Pools

Lower Lincoln Park Pool, Albany

www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/Recreation/SeasonalPools.aspx

 

Elm Avenue Park Pool Complex, Delmar

www.townofbethlehem.org/248/Pool-Complex

 

 

Columbia County

 

Beaches

Crellin Community Park, Chatham

www.crellinpark.org

 

Dutchess County

 

Pools

Spratt Park Pool, Poughkeepsie

Pulaski Park Pool, Poughkeepsie

www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com/parks-and-recreation

 

City of Beacon Recreation Department Pool at University Settlement, Beacon

www.cityofbeacon.org/Government/pool.htm

 

Orange County

 

Beaches

Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake

www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org

 

Pools

Maple Hill Swimming Pool, Middletown

War Veterans Memorial Pool, Middletown

www.middletown-ny.com

 

Rockland County

 

Pools

Germonds Park Pool, West Nyack

Lake Nanuet Pool, Nanuet

Congers Pool, Congers

https://town.clarkstown.ny.us

 

Ulster County

 

Beaches

Kingston Point Beach, Kingston

www.kingston-ny.gov

 

Saugerties Village Beach, Saugerties

www.villageofsaugerties.org

 

Pools

Ulster County Pool Complex, New Paltz

https://ulstercountyny.gov/public-works

 

Neversink Swimming Pool, Grahamsville

https://townofneversink.org

 

Westchester County

 

Beaches

Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson

Glen Island Beach, New Rochelle

Playland Beach, Rye

 

Pools

Playland, Rye

Saxon Woods, White Plains

Sprain Ridge, Yonkers

The Brook at Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers

Willson’s Waves Pool, Mount Vernon

https://parks.westchestergov.com

 


Wild Waters Outdoor Center

Photo by Jim Swedberg

 

Rafting in the Region

The Town Tinker Tube Rental, Phoenicia

This local company has been offering rides on the Esopus Creek for more than 30 years. They describe the waters in this stretch as “not a lazy river” — there’s often some challenging whitewater, depending on season and weather, with 1- to 3-foot waves and rapids. Trips on more placid areas of the creek are available, too.

845.688.5553, www.towntinker.com

 

Silver Canoe & Whitewater Rafting, Port Jervis 

Family owned and operated, they offer rafting, canoeing, and kayaking on the Delaware River near the Poconos on the Pennsylvania side and the Catskills on the New York side. Do some fishing, or enjoy birdwatching, photography, and more. The 5-hour day trip heads about 10 miles along the river. Overnight trips can be booked for one to three nights.

800.724.8342, www.silvercanoe.com

 

Delaware River Tubing, Milford, NJ.

A three-to-four-hour tube ride will take you 5 to 6 miles on the Delaware; or opt for rafting, kayaking, or an eco-jet boat tour. A unique deal: a free BBQ meal with every rental. Just guide your raft or tube right up to the River Hot Dog Man — it’s a floating food stand — and have a bite at a picnic table in shallow water at the tubing company’s private island in the river.

908.996.5386, www.delawarerivertubing.com

 

Wild Waters Outdoor Center, Lake Luzerne and Warrensburg

This family-run operation near Lake George features 17-mile, guided daylong raft trips on the Hudson River Gorge, with some class III–V rapids. Other options include a two-hour, 3.5-mile trip on the Sacandaga River, or a 7-mile river adventure. They also provide kayaking, a rafting/lodging package, and overnight rafting trips, complete with a guide to help set up camp. 

800.867.2335, www.wildwaters.net

 

Berkshire Whitewater, Charlemont, MA.
Take a ride on the Deerfield River starting from the base area of Berkshire East Mountain Resort. Options include everything from challenging rapids trips to easy 5-mile guided family floats – ideal for groups with kids ages 5 and up. Then head to the resort for mountain biking, zipline canopy touring, and other land-based fun.

413.339.6617, www.berkshirewhitewater.com

 

Kittatinny Canoes, Barryville

Seven family-run riverfront locations along the Delaware River in New York and Pennsylvania provide water rides and camping. Try a two-day canoe trip, kayaking, whitewater adventures, or rafts that carry up to six riders. They also offer the only dual zipline on the Delaware, plus paintball games on seven mountaintop playing fields.

800.356.2852, www.kittatinny.com

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