Calm lake with anchored boats and docks, perfect for swimming

Guide to Enjoying Saratoga Lake

Just a few miles south of downtown Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Lake is a summer playground for the area's visitors and residents. Guests of our boutique Saratoga hotel The Downtowner love to visit the lake for an afternoon to swim, boat, fish, and enjoy all that this gorgeous upstate New York lake has to offer. Here your tips for enjoying Saratoga Lake on your next visit to the area.

First, your destination: Saratoga Lake is a long skinny lake, running north to south that is five miles long and two miles wide. The northern end is only a 10-minute drive from The Downtowner, so set your GPS for Waterfront Park. This newly developed green space opened in the summer of 2015 and is the perfect place to enjoy the lake's scenery for the day. Barbecuing, picnicking, and kayaking are the things to do here, but there's no swimming area. Waterfront Park is one of the lake's only public boat launches, as most of the lakefront is privately owned.

If you're looking to take a dip, head south to Brown's Beach for the lake's only public swimming spot. There is both a beach resort and a town-owned beach here, where you'll find warm, shallow water and a sandy beach with a gentle slope. The beach resort has a restaurant and a beach bar with live music, making it a happening spot in warm weather. The town beach offers good access for launching kayaks and paddle boards. A $2 fee applies for beachgoers; children 12 and under are free.

If you'd like to get out on the lake and boat or fish, visit Boatworks Marine for pontoon and deck boat rentals by the day, or The Kayak Shak to rent single and tandem kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. Both facilities offer boat launch services. Whatever route you take, you must join in on the fun that is Saratoga Lake in the summertime.