An honest-to-goodness natural swimming hole has got to be the ultimate summertime experience. When you are out in nature, enjoying magnificent views and the lazy stillness of a lake, there is a calming beauty surrounding you. So, take the plunge and try one or more of our favorite swimming holes.
1. Beacon River Pool: 2 Red Flynn Drive, Beacon
The pool will be installed the weekend of June 26 and 27, with hopes to be open in early July! This small, unique pool is partially submerged in the Hudson River, allowing the river waters to flow through it for a safe swimming and wading area. A ramp from the rivers’ shore leads swimmers to the pool. Floatation/seats line the pool’s perimeter for spectacular river views. The pool is used from early July to Labor Day. Visit Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park next door to picnic or go on the playground. More info can be found here.
2. Wilcox Memorial Park Lake: 1639 Rte. 199, Stanfordville
Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Vehicle entrance fee in effect when beach is open: Dutchess County resident $5, non-resident $10. Two lakes offer swimming and paddle boat rentals, fishing and playground. Amenities: Showers, toilets, pavilion rental, playground and snack bar. Lifeguards on duty, plus hot showers, shelters and pavilions, picnic tables, open athletic fields, nature trails, and miniature golf. Campsites available for rental. More info here: Wilcox Memorial Park Info
3. Taconic State Park, Rudd Pond Area: 59 Rudd Pond Road, Millerton
Swimming season open through Labor Day from 8:00AM - 6:00PM. Please note that the swimming area is non-guarded. Vehicle entrance fee is $7. This scenic state park feature a sandy beach and clear water swimming, along with boat rentals, children’s play area, flush toilets, picnic tables, fishing, and hiking. Campsites available for rental, with the additiona of Tentrr! Learn more here.
4. Beekman Recreation Park: 49 Recreation Center Road, Hopewell Junction
Part of the Beekman Recreation Park, this swimming area features two sand beaches and a deep water area. The park itself boasts two playgrounds, swings, a sand volleyball court, 18-hole mini golf course, horseshoe pits, BBQ grills, a gaga pit, a pavilion with restrooms and changing rooms, many picnic tables and a snack shack. Non-resident fee is $15 per person. Relax by the water on the beautifully maintained grounds. More information can be found here.
5. Lakeside Park: 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling
This 280-acre park in Pawling is made for an all-day family outing. Enjoy a picnic and nature walk, and on hot summer days enjoy boating or a swim in the lake. Lakeside Park has picnic tables, shelters and pavilions. Non-Pawling residents $10/individual or $15/family.
6.Red Wing Park 11 Old Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, Phone: 845-221-9191
Red Wing Lake Park is a town park open only to town residents and residents of the bordering towns of Beekman, Fishkill, LaGrange, Pawling and Wappingers. Red Wing is a 17-acre park with an eight-acre lake and beach fed by an underground spring. The facility includes a bath house with restrooms and showers; a first-aid office; a concession stand; basketball, volleyball, badminton, and playground areas; fishing, swim lanes, picnic areas and a pavilion. Red Wing Park Fee info.
7. Roelof Jansen Kill : Buckwheat Road, off Route 9, Clermont
Jansen Kill is a popular family swimming hole in the creek (Jansen Kill) under the bridge. To get here, from Red Hook, continue north of Route 9 (past Kerley Corners Road) and continue to Clermont. In Clermont, turn east (right) on Buckwheat Road and go about 1 mile to the bridge over Jansen Kill. The swimming hole is here at the bridge. LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.
8.Stony Creek Falls : Kidd Lane, Tivoli
This swimming place is located at the falls in the Tivoli Bay area, north of Rhinebeck. Swimming is above the falls. To get here, in Red Hook turn west (left) onto Route 199 (W. Market Street), then turn north onto Route 9G. Take Route 9G north for about 3.5 miles, then turn west (left) onto Kidd Lane. Follow Kidd Lane into the Tivoli Bays area where you will cross a bridge over Stony Creek. There is a dirt parking area immediate past the bridge. Park here and walk to the falls (you will likely hear them before you see them!). If you follow Stony Creek downstream, toward where it joins the Hudson River, there are said to be more pools. LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
9. Sylvan Lake Beach Park , 18 McDonnells Lane, Hopewell Junction, Phone: 845-221-9889
If you want to get away for it all for a night or two, this lakeside beach offers clear, spring-fed swimming to those who camp here. Campers can enjoy swimming, fishing and playing along a 120-acre lake. Camping reservations are required. More info can be found on the site here: http://www.dutchesscountycampground.com/
10.Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area : Route 344, Copake Falls, Phone: 518-329-3993
Located in nearby in Columbia County, this part of Taconic State Park offers a roped off beach area with a diving platform and lifeguards. There is a $7 day use vehicle fee. Other activities include fishing, hiking and camping. Amenities: showers, toilets, lockers and boat rental. Further information can be found here: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/83/hours-of-operation.aspx