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!
When May comes around, you find the amusement parks with dry-rides opening on the weekends, with the water parks opening closer to Father’s Day in mid-June.
Where are your favorite natural swimming areas?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!