There are many choices for public places to swim in New York State. Find swimming spots as well as tips and tools you can use to help keep you informed when swimming in New York State.
- Many DEC owned campgrounds have swimming beaches.
- The Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation swimming information page lists swimming beaches and pools.
- The Department of Health monitors many beaches; for information about regulated swimming beaches, contact your local health department.
- The Department of Health coastal beach water quality information can be used to obtain information about the most recent water quality status of certain ocean and Great Lakes beaches in New York State.
Take Steps to be Safe!
The New York State Department of Health advises that people swim at a beach regulated by the state, counties, towns or villages when possible, because these are monitored for safety and health. DOH will close beaches or post swimming advisories when beaches are unsafe.
DEC periodically samples surface waters, but does not sample beaches and cannot monitor conditions in all waters at all times. Download and print DEC's "The Water's Great in New York State (PDF)" bookmark and keep it handy as a guide for swimming safety this summer.