Swimming in the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks boasts 3,000 lakes and ponds, along with endless streams and rivers. Whether you choose to dip your toes, or dive right in, there's nothing like the feel of cool mountain water on a hot Adirondack day. Swimming, of course, is one of the most popular family activities in Lake Placid. Whether you're looking for a sandy beach and lifeguard that's close to town, or a hidden oasis fed by underground springs, your options are plentiful.

If you're hiking on state land and come across a mountain stream feel free to take a dip! But be sure to follow posted signs, as some of the land abutting state property is privately owned. 

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

Echo Bay on Lake Placid
Lake Placid, the lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

A day spent on the sandy "beach" at Echo Bay is like having your own little piece of paradise. Far on the North shore of Placid Lake's Echo Bay, slightly to the left of center, you'll find a beautiful little sandy spot. Great swimming and It's easy to...

Whiteface Landing
Off Route 86, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking It's a 2.5 mile hike one way to Whiteface Landing. The trail starts at the left side of the trailhead parking area and soon climbs moderately away from the pond and the private camps on the pond before descending to the shore of the pond at 0.4...

Mirror Lake
49 Parkside Drive, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Lake Placid is a village in the mountains, and few things make that more evident than Mirror Lake. Its sparkling water beckons from behind the downtown buildings, loons float alongside paddlers, and standing on the lake's shore reveals stunning...

Lake Placid Public Beach
Parkside Drive, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2591

Located right off of downtown Lake Placid, the Lake Placid Public Beach is a summer lover's dream come true. Situated on the south end of Mirror Lake, the sandy beach has a pier and a launch site for canoes or kayaks. There's also a changing facility,...

Chapel Pond
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Swimming Nestled in the Rocky Peak Ridge, with a sandy beach on the east end, Chapel Pond is a great place for swimming, relaxing or cooling off after a nice hike. Small enough to swim across Rock Climbing A long, clean slab with an easy approach...

North Fork of the Boquet River
State Route 73Keene Valley, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Fishing Directions to Access Points From the intersection of state Route 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue through Keene, Keene Valley, and St. Huberts. Roughly 2.75 miles past Chapel Pond there is a steel bridge; the...

Owen, Copperas, and Winch Ponds
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

These three ponds are located in the Sentinel Range and offer excellent loop opportunities. There are two trails that lead into the area and either can be used to create a loop to the three ponds. Copperas Pond offers great camping potentials with a...

Upper and Lower Cascade Lake
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Paddling Upper Cascade Lake, the smaller of the two Cascade lakes in the Adirondacks, offers a nice relaxing paddle on the water. With Route 73 right on the shore, it isn't often super quiet, but it is soothing. The east shore, near the south end and...

Covered Bridge Swimming Hole
Covered Bridge Ln, Jay
(518) 523-2445

This popular swimming hole is located near the covered bridge and falls in Jay. Sit and sun on the large flat rocks above the falls or swim in the deep holes.

Marcy Field Swimming Hole
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

The Marcy Field swimming hole between Keene Valley and Keene, is a nice flat water spot for younger children and people who really like to wade.

Wilmington Town Beach
Bowman Lane, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

This great little beach is located on Lake Everest in Wilmington. With a large, shaded picnic area and a playground for the kids, this is a perfect spot to spend the day. Boat rentals are also available, and there is a public boat launch.