Best lakes in Catskill Mountains

Check out the top lakes in Catskill Mountains, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Minnewaska State Park Preserve
1. Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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142 local reviews
5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 845-255-0752
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Caroline
Lake Minnewaska is incredible bang for your buck. It's a 1-mile loop that's stroller, dog and family-friendly…
Michael
This large park has many access points. We love to visit the lake and take a stroll around it, bring bathing…
Linda And Ken
Sitting astride the Shawangunk Mountains outside New Paltz, Minnewaska offers many natural treasures: lakes,…
1. Minnewaska State Park Preserve
1. Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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142 local reviews
5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 845-255-0752
Caroline
Caroline
Lake Minnewaska is incredible bang for your buck. It's a 1-mile loop that's stroller, dog and family-friendly with some of the best views…
Michael
Michael
This large park has many access points. We love to visit the lake and take a stroll around it, bring bathing suits as there is a swimming…
Linda And Ken
Linda And Ken
Sitting astride the Shawangunk Mountains outside New Paltz, Minnewaska offers many natural treasures: lakes, waterfalls, climbing walls,…
2. North/South Lake Campground
2. North/South Lake Campground
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40 local reviews
874 North Lake Road, Haines Falls
+1 518-589-5058
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Teshna
"North-South Lake is the biggest and most popular state campground in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering…
John
Just 10-15 minutes away (depending on where exactly you’re going) is the North South Lake Campground where…
Justin
A challenging 23.9 mile hike that makes for a great 3 day back pack trip. Access the trail head on Schutt Road…
2. North/South Lake Campground
2. North/South Lake Campground
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40 local reviews
874 North Lake Road, Haines Falls
+1 518-589-5058
Teshna
Teshna
"North-South Lake is the biggest and most popular state campground in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering extraordinary scenic beauty,…
John
John
Just 10-15 minutes away (depending on where exactly you’re going) is the North South Lake Campground where there are trails trails trails! …
Justin
Justin
A challenging 23.9 mile hike that makes for a great 3 day back pack trip. Access the trail head on Schutt Road off North-South Lake Road in…
3. Mohonk Mountain House
3. Mohonk Mountain House
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130 local reviews
1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz
+1 845-765-3286
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Lisette
One of the few famous grand hotels of the last century continuously operated by the original family and truly…
Elizabeth
Amazing preserve with an old flare from 1860s. Amazing spot and offers Sunday brunch and complimentary tea…
Donna
145 year old Victorian castle resort rests on pristine mountain lake access to thousands of acres of…
3. Mohonk Mountain House
3. Mohonk Mountain House
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130 local reviews
1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz
+1 845-765-3286
Lisette
Lisette
One of the few famous grand hotels of the last century continuously operated by the original family and truly special. Visit the gardens and…
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Amazing preserve with an old flare from 1860s. Amazing spot and offers Sunday brunch and complimentary tea and cookies everyday at 4pm. If…
Donna
Donna
145 year old Victorian castle resort rests on pristine mountain lake access to thousands of acres of unspoiled natural beauty. Restaurant,…
4. Benji & Jakes
4. Benji & Jakes
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25 local reviews
5 Horseshoe Lk Rd, Kauneonga Lake
Closed · Opens Friday 4:00 PM
+1 845-583-4031
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Angie & Richard
Fun pizza place with live music overlooking White Lake. Fat Lady Cafe next door is good too. There are a bunch…
Katrina
Pizza with local sourced ingredients and a beer garden located on a lake (save room for gelato). In the same…
Chris
The best pizza we've had outside NYC, a unique style developed by brothers Benji and Jake. Lake views, outdoor…
4. Benji & Jakes
4. Benji & Jakes
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25 local reviews
5 Horseshoe Lk Rd, Kauneonga Lake
Closed · Opens Friday 4:00 PM
+1 845-583-4031
Angie & Richard
Angie & Richard
Fun pizza place with live music overlooking White Lake. Fat Lady Cafe next door is good too. There are a bunch of other places in this strip…
Katrina
Katrina
Pizza with local sourced ingredients and a beer garden located on a lake (save room for gelato). In the same block you have Table and Tap…
Chris
Chris
The best pizza we've had outside NYC, a unique style developed by brothers Benji and Jake. Lake views, outdoor dining and often good live…
5. Belleayre Beach
5. Belleayre Beach
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19 local reviews
33 Friendship Manor Rd, Pine Hill
(845) 254-5202
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Amy
This is a manmade beach on a delightful lake, framed by mountains. It is such a beautiful place to hang out,…
Stefan
For swimming, boating and summer fun: •$3 per person for walk-ins, or $10 for a car load •During the off…
Julyne
It's less a beach and more of a cute little lake with a 50s beach scene complete with paddle boats, life…
5. Belleayre Beach
5. Belleayre Beach
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19 local reviews
33 Friendship Manor Rd, Pine Hill
(845) 254-5202
Amy
Amy
This is a manmade beach on a delightful lake, framed by mountains. It is such a beautiful place to hang out, swim, dream. If you are…
Stefan
Stefan
For swimming, boating and summer fun: •$3 per person for walk-ins, or $10 for a car load •During the off season, you can walk in to look at…
Julyne
Julyne
It's less a beach and more of a cute little lake with a 50s beach scene complete with paddle boats, life guards, a snack shake and a beach…
6. Minnewaska State Park-Ptrsklls
6. Minnewaska State Park-Ptrsklls
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27 local reviews
2589 US-44, Gardiner
(845) 256-0579
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Ophra
Stunning waterfalls, lakes and one of the best places to experience the fall foliage. Plenty of carriage roads…
Anna
Lake Minnewaska sits at the top of the mountain and is a stunning and fun hike. Also there is the Awosting…
Teddy
Just 15 minutes away, with lakes, trails, mountains – you know, all the beautiful nature. A little more…
6. Minnewaska State Park-Ptrsklls
6. Minnewaska State Park-Ptrsklls
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27 local reviews
2589 US-44, Gardiner
(845) 256-0579
Ophra
Ophra
Stunning waterfalls, lakes and one of the best places to experience the fall foliage. Plenty of carriage roads and easy access to big views,…
Anna
Anna
Lake Minnewaska sits at the top of the mountain and is a stunning and fun hike. Also there is the Awosting waterfall which especially after…
Teddy
Teddy
Just 15 minutes away, with lakes, trails, mountains – you know, all the beautiful nature. A little more crowded than Mohonk at some spots,…
7. North-South Lake
7. North-South Lake
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27 local reviews
North-South Lake
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Christine
Beautiful setting, can go for easy day hike around the lake, or swim at either North or South beach. Note…
CatskillLodge
Excellent hiking trails (don't miss the spectacular views from the Catskill Mtn House site!). Beautiful lakes…
Emily
Nice park with lakes, swimming areas, hiking trails, and other outdoor activities. $10 per car to park.
7. North-South Lake
7. North-South Lake
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27 local reviews
North-South Lake
Christine
Christine
Beautiful setting, can go for easy day hike around the lake, or swim at either North or South beach. Note that there are lifeguards and it…
CatskillLodge
CatskillLodge
Excellent hiking trails (don't miss the spectacular views from the Catskill Mtn House site!). Beautiful lakes offer beaches, swimming, boat…
Emily
Emily
Nice park with lakes, swimming areas, hiking trails, and other outdoor activities. $10 per car to park.
8. Lake Minnewaska
8. Lake Minnewaska
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16 local reviews
Lake Minnewaska
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Laura Ann
The 21,106 acre preserve located on the Shawangunk Ridge is 2,000' above sea level, surrounded by rugged,…
Atsuko & Satoru
Scenic walk to the beautiful lake Minnewaska. You might want to pack a lunch to have relaxing time overlooking…
Donna
Beautiful glacial mountain lake with hiking and swimming in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.
8. Lake Minnewaska
8. Lake Minnewaska
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16 local reviews
Lake Minnewaska
Laura Ann
Laura Ann
The 21,106 acre preserve located on the Shawangunk Ridge is 2,000' above sea level, surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. Waterfalls, lakes,…
Atsuko & Satoru
Atsuko & Satoru
Scenic walk to the beautiful lake Minnewaska. You might want to pack a lunch to have relaxing time overlooking the lake from the top of the…
Donna
Donna
Beautiful glacial mountain lake with hiking and swimming in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.
9. Colgate Lake
9. Colgate Lake
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24 local reviews
Colgate Lake
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Amy
This is a very picturesque small lake, surrounded by mountains and forrest. It's a little of the beaten path,…
Mick And Anmy
30 minute drive from Woodstock. Great day trip to a serene lake for swimming, nature walks and kayaking.
Michael
Great for a swim. Fun to explore on a kayak or row boat. The lake warms up nicely in July and August.
9. Colgate Lake
9. Colgate Lake
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24 local reviews
Colgate Lake
Amy
Amy
This is a very picturesque small lake, surrounded by mountains and forrest. It's a little of the beaten path, and rarely crowded. In the…
Mick And Anmy
Mick And Anmy
30 minute drive from Woodstock. Great day trip to a serene lake for swimming, nature walks and kayaking.
Michael
Michael
Great for a swim. Fun to explore on a kayak or row boat. The lake warms up nicely in July and August.
10. Bear Mountain State Park
10. Bear Mountain State Park
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64 local reviews
US-9W
Open · Closes 7:30 PM
+1 845-786-2701
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Frederick
Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The…
Johanna
Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The…
Brew
Beautiful views of the Hudson Valley can be seen from this park. Hike, bike or just relax by the lake. Have…
10. Bear Mountain State Park
10. Bear Mountain State Park
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64 local reviews
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Open · Closes 7:30 PM
+1 845-786-2701
Frederick
Frederick
Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features a large play…
Johanna
Johanna
Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features a large play…
Brew
Brew
Beautiful views of the Hudson Valley can be seen from this park. Hike, bike or just relax by the lake. Have dinner in the lodge and enjoy…
11. Innisfree Garden
11. Innisfree Garden
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30 local reviews
362 Tyrrel Rd, Millbrook
Closed now
+1 845-677-8000
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Eric
150 acres centered around a lake with streams, waterfalls, terraces, retaining walls, rocks and plants based…
Dawn
Beautiful park-like garden designed by a landscape architect in the 1930's, set around a tranquil lake. Great…
Marina
40 acre lake surrounded by cliffs, waterfalls, streams. Beautiful huge garden and preserve. Hiking trails. …
11. Innisfree Garden
11. Innisfree Garden
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30 local reviews
362 Tyrrel Rd, Millbrook
Closed now
+1 845-677-8000
Eric
Eric
150 acres centered around a lake with streams, waterfalls, terraces, retaining walls, rocks and plants based on principles of Chinese…
Dawn
Dawn
Beautiful park-like garden designed by a landscape architect in the 1930's, set around a tranquil lake. Great for hiking, picnics, and just…
Marina
Marina
40 acre lake surrounded by cliffs, waterfalls, streams. Beautiful huge garden and preserve. Hiking trails. One of the top natural gardens…
12. Cooper Lake
12. Cooper Lake
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14 local reviews
Cooper Lake
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Greta
This lake has a little walking path around it that is good for a short stroll with stunning views of the lake…
Patrick
The largest lake in the Catskills, it's a reservoir for NYC water so you can't swim in it, but it's a great…
Susan
Stunning lake and mountain views - great for walking, painting, photographing, and dog walking!
12. Cooper Lake
12. Cooper Lake
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14 local reviews
Cooper Lake
Greta
Greta
This lake has a little walking path around it that is good for a short stroll with stunning views of the lake and mountains. Driving the…
Patrick
Patrick
The largest lake in the Catskills, it's a reservoir for NYC water so you can't swim in it, but it's a great walking or running loop.
Susan
Susan
Stunning lake and mountain views - great for walking, painting, photographing, and dog walking!