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Swimming at Grafton Lakes State Park

Beaches and Swimming Holes
Sand Castle Contest

Fees and Rates

$6 per car on weekends in early May and after Labor Day-Columbus Day. $8 for vehicle use fee Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.


Grafton Lakes State Park, on the forested mountain ridge between the Taconic and Hudson Valleys, includes five ponds and 2,357 acres. Long Pond has a large, sandy beach, which is a popular summer attraction. The other water bodies include Mill Pond, Shaver Pond, Second Pond, and White Lily Pond.

Long Pond beach includes several roped off sections each with a very shallow area and a deeper area. During beach hours there are lifeguards with stands in several strategic places along the shore. There are also several volleyball nets.

Learn to swim classes are offered during the summer, with free two-week sessions. Call the park office for more information: 279-1155

Don't Miss This When Visiting

All ponds have launch facilities for canoes, sailboats and rowboats-electric boats are allowed. Visitors also picnic, walk the nature trails, and hike, bike or ride horses along the 25 miles of park trails.

Our Beach Nature Center is open from 12-2 Fridays to Tuesdays. Meet local animals, make animal tracks in the sand, try out our microscopes and talk to the park naturalists.


Season And Hours Open

Swimming is open daily from 10-6 Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.