Take a Dip and Cool Off

It’s a beautiful area that we live in. Summer is here, it’s warming up and we’re surrounded by fresh, cool water. You just want to dive in. But sometimes it can be a bit confusing on where it is and isn’t okay to dip your toe in. Many of the beaches on the area’s ponds, rivers and streams are owned by local residents, so it’s important to know which of these swimming areas are public and which are private property.

A good rule of thumb is if you don’t see a sign saying it’s okay to swim there, it probably isn’t. But there are no shortage of public parks, NYC and NY State bodies of water, campgrounds and pools for you to get wet in.

Here are a few favorites you can visit. Please keep in mind to take any trash out with you when you leave to keep our outdoor areas beautiful for everyone

Cooperstown Area

Fairy Spring Park
Lake Road, Cooperstown, NY, 13326
There’s swimming in Otsego Lake from the swim dock, restrooms and a boat dock.

Glimmerglass State Park
1527 County Highway 31, Cooperstown, NY 13326
The park offers a swimming beach along with fishing, hiking, showers, camping and more.

Three Mile Point Park
6266 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY, 13326
Swim and boat docks available for swimming, boat docking, canoeing and kayaking. There are also picnic tables and 9 stationary barbecue cookers.

Beach Glimmerglass State Park summer 2008

Delaware County

The Catskill Recreation Center
651 County Highway 38, Arkville, NY 12406
Looking to take a swim on a cold and rainy day? This not-for-profit exercise facility has an indoor state-of-the-art swimming pool waiting for you.

East Sidney Lake Park
4659 State Highway 357, Franklin, NY 13775
Camping, boating, fishing, volley ball, picnic area with grills and a sandy beach.

Little Pond
549 Barkaboom Rd, Andes, NY 13731
Offers a campgrounds, beach, boat rental and more. For more swimming options, be sure to visit nearby Big Pond right up the road.

Sullivan County

Beaverkill Covered Bridge
Campsite Rd., Beaverkill, NY
Swimming hole is public and located under the bridge right before the campground with a beautiful historic covered bridge overhead. Grills and picnic tables and bathrooms can be found nearby.

Francis A. Hanofee Park
129-143 Sunset Lake Rd, Liberty, NY 12754
Swimming, fishing, tennis, baseball, playground and more at this popular family-friendly town park.

Lew Beach
Route 152, Lew Beach, NY 12758
Swimming, camping and fishing in this tiny fishing town.


Ulster County

Belleayre Beach
33 Friendship Manor Road
Pine Hill, NY 12465
Swimming, boating, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, picnicking, horseshoe pits, volleyball, basketball, fishing, and more.

Kingston Point Beach
Kingston Point Rotary Park, Delaware Ave, Kingston, NY 12401
Amenities include Hudson River swimming (lifeguards seasonal), a picnic area, volleyball courts, playground, a free kayak, car top and small motorized boat launch, guided kayak tours and much more.

Ulster County Pool Complex
241 Libertyville Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561
The complex features an Olympic size swimming pool and two large Kiddie pools. All three pools have lifeguards on duty at all times. Season passes and daily rates available.