Authored by Angelica Wilk
Visiting the Tri-State area is an incredibly popular to spend a summer. Three states make up the region; New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; and if visiting these areas during the end of summer, or throughout autumn, New York City is the most common destination people flock to.
New Jersey is a destination which also pulls big crowds, made famous by the popular MTV show “Jersey Shore”. With a shoreline which extends 127 miles in Jersey alone, there are an abundance of beaches to visit in the Tri-State area, but what about lakes?
Lakes offer a similar beach experience offering sand and water for play, but can offer a different variety of activities you won’t necessarily find at the beach.
Wonderful rewards await those who can venture away from the beach to discover the area’s lakes. Here are some I recommend you visit:
Driving to the east end of Long Island, NY, you will enter the town of Montauk. In the center of town, you will arrive at Montauk Lake – 900 acres of water!
This is a great spot for boating and fishing. There are no “Swimming Prohibited” signs, but some people advise against it because of certain waste as you get closer to the marinas. Go at your own risk and be adventurous!
You can rent kayaks and paddleboards at the lake. There has even been mention of wind-surfers taking up the small waves.
A cool tip – as you near the north-eastern part of the lake, you will see the ferries leaving for Rhode Island and Martha’s Vineyard.
If you’re up for a road trip, rent a car and drive to Lake George in upstate NY. This is a vacationers’ spot for many families who live upstate or in the nearby states. Even NYC locals take the trip to get away from the city.
Lake George is a town in the Adirondack Mountains as well as a lake. Its’ 44 square miles extend so far you can never explore the entire lake, even by boat! It’s nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes.
When visiting Lake George, you can set up camp by the lake or rent an inn on the main town street – There are more than 6 cruises daily and personal boats you can rent. The beach there has a pretty big size so there is room for the crowds to all have space to themselves.
South Mountain Recreation Reservoir
Nestled behind the woods, you would think you’re hours away from civilization. Though in West Orange, New Jersey, you’re only 30 minutes away from Manhattan. You can drive or take the NJ Transit to town and catch a quick cab to the lake area; the only other people you may see are those at the Clubhouse or those who arrived for peace and quiet like yourself.
McLoone’s Boathouse is a great meeting area for food and drinks overlooking the lake, and you don’t have to be a Member to enjoy it. With its’ rather romantic views of the hills and people paddling in swan figure boats, you can gaze out into the distance for long hours.
If you choose to do more than watch the lake, you can join those paddle-boating, canoeing, or find a shallow spot to enter the water with the ducks. After that, there is a zoo and mini golf to fill your day with.
Dutch Springs is in Pennsylvania, which is not officially part of the Tri-State area, but some do consider it to be.
A 50 acre lake located in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Dutch Springs is a great spot to visit for it’s Aqua Park, camping, and scuba diving!
Families and adults partake in the Aqua park activities which include water slides and a trampoline in the water. Scuba divers set up camp and grill during the day as they enter the waters to swim through sunken buses, helicopters, planes, and other vehicles.
Not a diver? You can still go for a swim, snorkel or camp out through the night. Picnics and parties acceptable on the land!
Note that lakes across Connecticut are mostly private for residents or limited to strict fishing rules and not open for swimming.
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