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Swim & Relax at Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake

Spend a summer day at the public beach right here in Saratoga Springs. Most of Saratoga Lake's shoreline is privately owned, with Brown's Beach being the only place for the general public to catch some rays and take a dip in the water. The water is shallow and you'll be treated to stunning views of the lake and the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the distance.

people swimming and sun bathing at brown's beach

About Brown's Beach

Brown's Beach has been a popular attraction since the nineteenth century. The beach closed in 2006, but was reopened in 2015 by the Town of Stillwater. Grab a bite to eat at the beach's own snack shack, or sit out on the patio at Dock Brown's and enjoy a lakeside meal.

2020 Hours & Other Information

Brown's Beach is now open for the 2020 season and will continue to be open through Labor Day Weekend. Daily hours are 10:00AM - 7:00PM. On questionable weather days, please call 518-466-0678 (the Beach's dedicated line for daily information).

The Pony Paddock is also open for the season offering a variety of concessions for sale.

In an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the beach's capacity has been limited to 250 patrons on weekdays and 300 on weekends, so the Town of Stillwater recommends arriving early. The Town has also posted rules on-site that beachgoers should read and follow.


  • 12 and under: FREE
  • 13 and over: $3 (residents can get a discount if they go to the Town Clerk's office for a beach pass)
  • Beach Pass: 10 visits for $20, available for purchase to town residents only at the Town Clerk's office

What Kind of Activities Can You Do at Brown's Beach?

Brown's Beach features a sandy shoreline, a swimming area, a large pavilion that can be reserved, and a shallow launch area. The following activities are allowed:

  • Swimming
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing

The on-site Brown's Beach Marina is a private marina, and there is no public launching or docking of vessels. The marina currently has a waitlist of over 250 that started back in 2016. You can be added to the waitlist, but keep in mind, it may be 5-6 years until you are selected.

Directions to Brown's Beach

Take Exit 12 off I-87. Head east on Rte. 67 and take the second exit at each traffic circle. When the road ends at the lake, turn right onto Rte. 9P. Brown's Beach is only about a mile along Rte. 9P, opposite Panza's Brick Oven Pizza.

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