Lakes near Saratoga Springs

Old May 17th, 2012, 07:32 PM
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Lakes near Saratoga Springs

When I was in Saratoga Springs last summer, I went to Moreau Lake nearby. It was Ok, but not especially scenic. Any other lake suggestions for a hot day? If there are rental kayaks or rowboats along with a swimming beach, that would be great. I'd rather not be in a really crowded area like Lake George , but 30-45 minutes drive is OK.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 09:20 PM
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What about Saratoga Lake? I haven't been to it in a few years, but it's a sizable lake and I remember there's a small marina there. Not sure about a swimming beach though...
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Old May 18th, 2012, 08:52 AM
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I don't think there's a swimming beach at Saratoga Lake
Swimming/hanging out would be my priority, with the rental boats a nice bonus.
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You could drive up to Piseco Lake, which is really pretty. There are three state campgrounds that have nice public access (for a small fee). (Point Comfort, Poplar Point, and little Sand Point.) I don't think they rent kayaks, but the Irondequoit Inn might http://www.irondequoitinn.com/. The Inn could direct you to a very nice, flat water stream paddle that is near them (Fall Stream).

The other two lakes in that area are Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake. (Sacandaga has a campground for day use also, it's Moffitt Beach.)
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Oh, these might be a little farther than you want to go, but to really get into the Adirondacks that is what it will take.
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Thanks wliwl. I'll check it out.
It's not that I do or don't want to get deeper into the Adirondacks ,though that's where the scenery will be better. I'm always looking for places to cool off with a swim in the summer.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 05:17 PM
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Lots of people go on rafting, kayaking, and tubing excursions in Hadley, New York, located where the Sacandaga River meets the Hudson River. Nearby is Lake Luzerne which has a few public beaches.
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Lake Luzerne is about a half hour away.
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There are several marinas on the north end of Saratoga Lake that rent kayaks and canoes. One is on Rt 9P, and the other is further north up Fish creek.

At present there is no pubic beach on the lake however. There used to be a private beach (Browns) but I believe that closed. The city has plans to build a beach area but it's not been started.

I'll keep my eye out - I recently relocated to the area myself.
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I hear you janie. I remember that cooling off in Saratoga during the summer was always a big effort. That little pool in SPAC was the closest thing, and so overcrowded as a result!
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