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5 Great Activities You Must Do at Saratoga Lake

You don't need to travel to Lake George to enjoy a day's worth of fun by the water. A wide range of outdoor adventures and activities await at Saratoga Lake, located in southern Saratoga Springs, NY. In fact, to help you plan for your next trip, we've picked out 5 great things that you should do the next time you visit Saratoga Lake!

Sunbathe & Swim at Brown's Beach

people on a sandy beach

Located at the southern tip, Brown's Beach is the main public swimming spot on Saratoga Lake. The beach is typically open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, and it features a large sandy beach, a swimming area, and a shallow launch for canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards. You'll also find a snack shack, a large pavilion that is available to rent, and more.

Paddle Throughout the Saratoga Lake Area

paddling shack near lake

Saratoga Lake and the surrounding area offer plenty of opportunities for paddlers. You can take a canoe or kayak trip across Saratoga Lake, or you can try paddling along the Kayaderosseras Creek or Fish Creek. Don't own a boat? Consider renting one with the local Kayak Shak or Lake Lonely Watersports to help you begin your adventure.

Experience a Boating Adventure Across the Lake

people on a pontoon boat

Here in Saratoga County, Saratoga Lake is a popular spot for boaters from spring into early fall. The lake is approximately 4.5 miles long, making it the perfect size for a family boating adventure.

Boat owners can launch from the State Boat Launch located on Route 9P, which is open year round and features parking for up to 100 trailers. Boat launching is typically permitted from April through October, and there is a small vehicle entry fee.

Looking to rent a boat for the day instead? Head to Salvi Aquatic Boat Rentals and check out their selection of pontoons and other boat rentals.

Cast Your Line Into the Waters of Saratoga Lake

fishing at lake in the eveningPhoto Credit: Gail M. Stein

Saratoga Lake is one of the best fishing spots in the entire Saratoga Springs region. The lake is home to a wide range of fish species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, crappie, bluegill, perch, and carp.

The state boat launch is operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and it's an excellent spot to fish and launch boats on the lake.

Plan a Picnic at Waterfront Park

park area by a lakePhoto Credit: Hope Relly-Cobb

Waterfront Park on Saratoga Lake is a great place to relax and enjoy views of the water with your friends and family. This 4-acre park features a non-motorized boat launch, a small amphitheater for community events, and a picnic area with BBQ grills.

Stop by and take your canoe or kayak out for a paddle; or, enjoy lunch at a picnic table on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

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