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Hudson Valley Beaches and Swimming Holes: Know Before You Go

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Soak in the sun or swim a few laps at the top waterside spots in the Hudson River region. Plus, COVID-19 policies to know before hitting the beach.

COVID-19 Update: Public and private beaches in New York State can reopen with certain restrictions beginning May 22, as per Governor Cuomo’s mandate. Call ahead to confirm opening hours and restrictions at each location. Want more places to cool off near you? Check out our swimming guide here.

Nothing signals that summer has arrived quite like a sandy beach and the opportunity to do some swimming. Luckily, you don’t have to go all the way to the ocean; the Valley is full of lake and river beaches, as well as public pools, where the whole family can have fun in the sun (with sunscreen, of course). It may be worth your while to get a single-year Empire Pass, which provides access to all New York State parks for one year for $80.

What a day! #catskills #belleayrebeach #belleayre #summer

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Belleayre Beach

Highmount, 845.254.5600
Open with masks required and social distancing protocol in place

This state-run ski resort transforms into a happening hot spot come summertime. In addition to swimming and sunning, pedal boats, rowboats, and kayaks are available for hourly rentals, and there are designated areas for fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and basketball. Swimmers can make use of the diving dock and deep water lap lane, while adventurers will love the climbing wall and stand up paddle board rentals.

11:15 on a Tuesday. I’m milking this as long as humanly possible.

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Greenwood Lake Beach

Greenwood Lake, 845.986.1124
Open only to Town of Warwick residents beginning June 6, with applications required and 125 max capacity

Swim and sunbathe at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. Athletes can play a vigorous game of volleyball before ending the day with a relaxing picnic.


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Taconic State Park

Copake Falls, 518.789.3059
The park is open for swimming. It fills to capacity early most days, so call ahead to confirm.

Nestled alongside 16 miles of the Taconic Mountains in northeastern Dutchess County, this state park offers swimming at 64-acre Rudd Pond, where you can also rent canoes and rowboats. The pond has 15 tent sites and 26 tent platform sites for visitors who want to make a weekend of it.

Wilcox Memorial Park

Milan, 845.298.4600
Swimming lake is closed for the season due to water clarity issues.

Set sail on one of the two small lakes at Wilcox Park. With paddleboats and rowboats available to rent, swimming areas, four covered pavilions, and a 27-site family campground, guests can spend an action-packed day at the park.

Mom said no swimming so I calmly lay down instead. She’s a sucker.

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Clarence Fahnestock State Park

Carmel, 845.225.7207
The beach is open, but select trails are closed.

Home to Canopus Lake and many scenic ridges, this park offers a sandy beach and picnic area. Outdoorsy visitors work up a sweat with a hike before boating, fishing, or swimming to cool down. And if hunger strikes, the snack bar is fully stocked.

Lake Taghkanic State Park

Ancram, 518.851.3631
The park is open for swimming.

With two beaches to choose from, swimmers at Lake Taghkanic have no trouble finding a spot on the sand. Rent a rowboat, paddleboat, or kayak; a newly renovated recreation hall, snack bar, and playground are also available.

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Rockland Lake State Park

Valley Cottage, 845.268.3020
Rockland Lake Pool is closed for the season.

Larger than an Olympic-sized facility, the pool next to Rockland Lake opens around Memorial Day weekend. With a boat launch and fishing available on the lake, a paved 3.2 mile trail, six tennis courts, two 18-hole golf courses, and a concession stand, there’s plenty to amuse your family.

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Harriman State Park

Ramapo, 845.947.2444
The park operates at limited capacity.

With two sand beaches and 31 reservoirs and lakes, visitors of New York State’s second-largest park have plenty to explore. Guests can work up a sweat on the 200 miles of hiking trails, or opt to go boating or fishing. Camping is also available. Swimming is available at Lake Tiorati’s sandy beach.

Hot Spots to Cool Down on the Hudson

Croton Point Park

Open Wednesday-Sunday

Kingston Point Beach

Open beginning June 20

Saugerties Village Beach

Open July 1 to September 1

Ulster Landing County Park

Open sunrise to sunset