One of the most popular lakes in the southern Adirondacks was closed this week due to an algal bloom. Moreau State Park’s centerpiece lake on July 31 was deemed off-limits for swimmers until the New York State Department of Health confirmed that a harmful algae was no longer a hazard by Friday morning.
When lakes or other waterways are closed, it’s not good news for the many patrons who flock to spots like Moreau every day during the summer, and especially for visitors camped out in the park. By Aug. 3, state officials gave the green light for swimmers to return.
Algae blooms are getting to be more frequent occurrences in local waterways. Residents and visitors to the Saratoga/Lake George/southern Adirondack region have recently been warned by the DEC about algal blooms in five different water bodies. However, Moreau Lake is not normally one of the lakes to experience this kind of toxicity.
The DEC offers advice for what to do if anyone or animal comes in contact with the algae. They also run a list of waterways impacted by blooms, which is good to check before you head out to swim or recreate.
The good news is that cooler weather and rain could lead to a quicker resolution to the current bloom. In the meantime, since this region is loaded with lakes and other places to swim, outdoor enthusiasts have options. If Moreau is out, try one of these inviting alternatives:
This long, scenic lake just east of downtown Saratoga is not only a boaters delight, or good for sunsets and kayaking. Swimmers make Brown’s Beach on the southern end of the lake a hub of activity.
There are three public beaches alone in Lake George Village, including Million Dollar Beach. Additional public access to the gorgeously refreshing water can be found in Bolton Landing, like Rogers Memorial Park Beach.
Located just five miles from Lake George near the Hudson River, this is a popular getaway for tubing and other water sports.
The drive to this secluded lake from Saratoga or the Glens Falls area is really beautiful. There’s a slight elevation and country-quiet roads. Many serious swimmers have been known to walk into the shallow end near Tinney’s Tavern and free-style their way across this gem-like waterway. For people who like more secluded swimming spots, this is well worth the adventure. You can even book overnight stays in this more rustic lake-front area.
Alongside Lake George, this mammoth lake is breath-taking for its size and views. Ringed by the Adirondacks and set within the Adirondack Park, there are many beaches along the 125 miles of coastline perfect for a dip, or other water activities like kayaking and tubing. Mayfield, Broadalbin, Hadley and other towns along the eastern side of the Sacandaga are an easy ride from Saratoga.