On a hot day, you can sit under a waterfall, swim in a lake, or jump in a creek at one of these refreshing natural swimming areas. Be mindful of signs posted and use common sense when deciding to wade in.
Some places require a lifeguard on duty, or allow swimming in restricted areas.
Bring a healthy respect for the power of water and the nature that thrives here and you’ll enjoy a beautiful day!
Creeks with Waterfalls
- Taughannock Falls Creek in Taughannock Falls State Park
- Enfield Creek in Robert H. Treman State Park
- Buttermilk Creek in Buttermilk Falls State Park
- Dry Creek in Fillmore Glen State Park
- Grimes Creek in Grimes Glen
Creeks & Rivers
- Oatka Creek at the George Bridge, plus wading under the Rochester Street/NY-251 bridge
- Stony Brook in Stony Brook State Park, only in the sectioned-off natural stream-fed pool
- Cattaraugus Creek in Zoar Valley, be mindful of flash-flooding
- Niagara River in Beaver Island State Park
- Ontario Beach Park
- Durand Eastman Beach
- Fair Haven State Park
- Hamlin Beach State Park
- Sodus Point Beach Park
- Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
- Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park
- Selkirk Shores State Park
- Kershaw Park, Canandaigua Lake
- Ononda Park, Canandaigua Lake
- Deep Run Beach, Canandaigua Lake
- Long Point Park, Conesus Lake
- Sandy Bottom Park Beach, Honeoye Lake
- Keuka Lake State Park, Keuka Lake
- Seneca Lake State Park, Seneca Lake
- Sampson State Park, Seneca Lake
- Cayuga Lake State Park, Cayuga Lake
- Taughannock Falls State Park, Cayuga Lake
- Long Point State Park, Cayuga Lake
- Myers Park, Cayuga Lake
- Emerson Park, Owasco Lake
- Green Lakes State Park
- Darien Lakes State Park
- Red House Lake, Allegany State Park
- Quaker Lake, Allegany State Park
- Sylvan Beach, Oneida Lake
- Verona Beach State Park, Oneida Lake
- Oneida Shores, Oneida Lake
- Evangola State Park, Lake Erie
- Woodlawn Beach State Park, Lake Erie
Not-so-natural swimming areas
Though the topic of this article is Natural Swimming Areas, I thought it fair to mention that there are other places to cool down in the form of pools and water slides.
Water trails are either formally marked routes along a navigable waterway, or simply any waterway suitable for kayaks and small motorized watercraft.
Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a 2-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!
Where are your favorite natural swimming areas?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!