Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of summer are here - here are the 14 best lakes in the state to beat the summer heat!

If there is one thing there is no shortage of in the state of New York, it is awesome lakes! From north to south, east to west, and all points in between, we have what seems like an unlimited list of destinations for some freshwater recreation. In fact, one of our Upstate lakes was recently named the cleanest in the whole country. 

From fishing to boating to camping and hiking to enjoying a glass of wine on the dock, everyone has their favorite lakeside destinations. When it comes to the best Empire State lakes as swimming holes, there are several that bubble up to the top!

The experts at AZ Animals have compiled what they think are the 14 best lakes for swimming in New York. What is the common thread among all of them? Of course pristine waters, natural beauty, and great beach access!

New York's 14 Best Lakes For Swimming

What makes a great swimming hole? Pristine waters, great beaches, mild temps, shallow waters, lifeguards, and more are many of the characteristics that are common in AZ Animals 14 best lakes for swimming in the state of New York. From just outside the city, to the Finger Lakes, to the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, these are your must-visit swimming holes for summer 2023!

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For Sale: Tour The Riggi's Rustic Yet Sophisticated $31 Million Lake Placid Camp

This could quite possibly be the most beautiful Adirondack camp you have ever seen!

The Saratoga Springs socialites listed their stunning Lake Placid compound for $31 Million. According to the Zillow listing, this amazing spread sits on over 46 pristine Adirondack acres and features 9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms. There is 8,500 square feet of delightful living space across a variety of 5 buildings including the main home, a tree house, 2 guest residences, and a sweet Airstream trailer decked out as a "she shed." This camp is private and gated, and only minutes from Lake Placid Village. You can even see the Lake Placid Olympic ski jump from the property!

Gallery Credit: Matty Jeff

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