Whether you are hoping to relax on the beach or cool off with a swim, the Finger Lakes region offers many public beaches and swimming areas.
CONESUS LAKE SWIMMING
Long Point Beach Park
5325-5345 Long Point Park, Geneseo, NY 14454
Located about halfway down the westside of Conesus Lake (the easternmost lake), is a small town park beach and swimming area great for families with young children.
HONEOYE LAKE SWIMMING
Sandy Bottom Park
Jack Evans Drive, Honeoye, NY 14471 (located on the North end of Honeoye Lake)
Admission is free
Hours of operations, map, park rules & Pavilion rental info
in Richmond, New York, is located on the North end of Honeoye Lake. The park is pet friendly and provides access to both the lake and the Honeoye Creek outlet. Admission is free and includes walking trails, fishing, and swimming areas. The swimming area is open mid-June through mid-August.
CANANDAIGUA LAKE SWIMMING
Kershaw Park, on the north end of Canandaigua Lake, features 9 acres of park land, lakefront walkways, a beach area, bathhouse, children’s playground, small craft launch area, public dock equipped with a boat pump-out station, as well as picnic pavillions and an open air gazebo. The beach area at Kershaw Park is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and daily admission to the beach area for non-residents of the City is $5 per adult, $2 per child ages 6-18, and children under 6 are free. Pets are allowed in the park but not in the swimming area.
Onanda Park, located on West Lake Road, is about about 8 miles south of the City of Canadaigua, and features 80 acres of park land, 7 of which are on Canandaigua Lake. The park includes 15 cabins (7 on the upland side and 8 on the lakeside), 5 pavilions and 3 lodges/halls available for rent, as well as a two-mile hiking path, picnic pavilions, winter sledding, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming only when a lifeguard is on duty between mid-May and September. No alcohol, pets (other than service dogs), roller-blades or skateboards allowed in the Park. No bike riding permitted on the lake-side.
Deep Run Park and Beach on the east side of Canandaigua Lake offers free admission to their park and swimming area.
KEUKA LAKE SWIMMING
Just south of Penn Yan on Keuka is Red Jacket Park, which has fee admission, and has a designated swimming area.
Indian Pines Park is located just north of Penn Yan and also has free admission to their swimming area.
At the south end of the lake in Hammondsport is Champlin Beach, a small park with free admission that also has a swimming area.
Lastly, on the west side of the lake is Keuka Lake State Park. The park has a lot to offer, with opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, cross country skiing trails, and a decently sized beach. Admission is $7 for vehicle entry.
SENECA LAKE SWIMMING
The northern end of Seneca Lake is home to Seneca Lake State Park. The large park is home to picnic areas, biking and walking paths, and even a spray park, along with the swimming area. Park admission is $7 per vehicle.
On the east side of the lake, just north of the Finger Lakes National Forest is Sampson State Park, the largest park in the finger lakes! Here there is a designated swimming area, along with an abundance of other accommodations. Admission is also $7.
Clute Memorial Park can be found in Watkins Glen, and has free admission to their swimming area at the east side of the park.
Watkins Glen State Park, features a gorge path and stream that descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs with 19 waterfalls along the way, as well as Rim Trails overlooking the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size swimming pool (no pets allowed in the swimming area and admission required), scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.
In Hector, New York, is Smith Memorial Park, which also includes a free designated swimming area.
CAYUGA LAKE SWIMMING
Just north of Ithaca is Taughannock Falls State Park, known for its beautiful waterfall. While here, you can also take a swim at their beach! $7 admission per vehicle.
You can also visit Cayuga Lake State Park, which has been said to offer the best views of Cayuga Lake. Enjoy these views while swimming in the beach! $7 admission per vehicle.
In Union Springs is Frontenac Park, which is home to a free swimming area with a view of Frontenac Island.
John Harris Park is found in the village of Cayuga, and offers beautiful sunsets over the lake and a free swimming area.
On the northwest side of the lake is Lansing, where Myers Park is found. Admission is free for residents, but $2 per car on weekends.
Long Point State Park is a very popular swimming spot in the Finger Lakes, and is a few miles south of Aurora. Admission is $7 per vehicle.
OWASCO LAKE SWIMMING
In Auburn, is Emerson Park, on Owasco Lake. Offering scenic views and many other accommodations, you can enjoy its beach by paying a $2 park fee.
SKANEATELES LAKE SWIMMING
On the north shore of Skaneateles are Shotwell Memorial Park and Clift Park. The two parks are adjacent and offer free admission. Although there is no beach, guests are able to swim in the lake for a small fee.