Black Lab fetching a stick as it swims

With temperatures rapidly rising as summer approaches, we decided to research the best spots in the capital region for bringing dogs for a swim.

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Notice of Blue-Green Algae

Though swimming can be a great activity for cooling off your pup and burning off some energy, it comes with possible risks. The quality of the water is very important. You should never let your dog swim in water that appears dirty. Especially of concern is algal blooms which can be fatal to dogs. If you notice algal blooms you should not let your dog swim and should notify local government offices so a notice can be issued.

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Saratoga
Queensbury
Clifton Park
Albany
Rotterdam

Saratoga:

Geyser Creek in Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park

Spa State Park is a dog-friendly park near Saratoga that offers plenty of opportunities for cooling off. Geyser Creek which cuts through the South Western part of the park is a shallow creek offering your pup a wading pool.

Saratoga Lake State Boat Launch

Saratoga Lake offers the perfect spot for your dog to play fetch and practice their doggy-paddle.

Waterfront Park

Located off of Crescent Ave, a short 10-minute drive from downtown Saratoga is Waterfront Park. This four-acre park offers direct beach access and a safer swim with only non-motorized boats allowed to launch.

Lake Lonely

A bit of a local secret, the Lake Lonely Trails are located at the Saratoga National Golf Course. A half-mile walk rewards you and your pup with access to Lake Lonely’s northern shore.

Schuylerville Beach

Part of Schuyler’s Canal Park, a small strip of beach offers access to the Hudson River.

Stillwater Hudson Riverfront Park

A short drive past Saratoga National Historical Park is Stillwater Hudson Riverfront Park. A canoe/kayak launch gives access to the Hudson. Dry off along the walking trail or share a treat at the open air pavilion.

Queensbury

Dog playing in water at Lake George Dog Beach in Lake George

Lake George Dog Beach

Lake George has no shortage of pristine beaches. Located next to Million Dollar Beach is the dog beach. Let your dog enjoy a swim then dry off across the street in a large green space perfect for a picnic or game of fetch.

Haviland Cove

Dogs are not permitted in the swim area but can swim further down or along the trail that runs out to the point.

Pilot Knob Beach

This Fort Ann Town park is a popular spot for fishermen and locals alike. Pilot Knob Beach offers a small parking lot that rewards visitors with stunning views of Lake George and access to a semi-private beach.

Pavillion Park

Right next to Wayside Beach in Lake Luzerne is Pavillion Park. A large green space runs down to the water with a small access point for kayaks and dogs to get on the lake. Neighboring Mill Park also offers water access with a shallow stream.

Bradley Beach

Located behind the Fort Edward Public pool, Bradley Beach provides access to the Hudson river.

Moreau State Park

Halfway between Saratoga and Queensbury, this state park’s namesake lake offers plenty of swimming opportunities. Dogs are not allowed on the sandy beach area but there are plenty of lakeside access points where swimming is permitted.

Clifton Park

Cresent road fishing area

Crescent Park

Part of the Mohawk Scenic Byway, Crescent Park offers access to the Mohawk River.

Crescent Road Fishing Pier

A small public beach provides access to the Mohawk River.

Halfmoon Lighthouse Park

This small but mighty park provides access to the Hudson River.

Albany

Grafton Lake State Park

Grafton Lakes State Park

Heading 35 Minutes northeast of Albany gets you to Grafton Lakes State Park. A series of ponds provide plenty of space for your dog to swim.

Hannacroix Creek Preserve

About 30 minutes South of Albany this 113-acre preserve has trails that run along Hannacrois Creek. On your walk, check out Parson’s Mill Historical Site, and then hit the water to enjoy views of a series of waterfalls.

Normanskill Farm Dog Park

The closest option on our list, only 10 minutes from downtown, this dog park provides access to Normans Kill Creek.

Rotterdam

Hudson River as seen by Mohawk Hudson Bikeway

Freedom Park

The docks at Scotia Landing provide access to the Mohawk River.

Quinlan Park & Collins Park

Collins Lake is the perfect spot for your pup to get their swim in. The lake can be accessed either off of Washington Ave via Quinlan Park, or through Collins Park on Schonowee Ave.

Riverside Park & Front Street Park

Across the river in Schenectady, both Riverside Park and Front Street Park are dog friendly with easy access to the Mohawk River.

Gateway Park

You probably are starting to see a theme. The Mohawk River is the gateway to swimming in the Rotterdam area. Gateway Park offers yet another option. As a bonus, it is along the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway so there is plenty of time to dry off before heading back to the car.