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Swimming at Minnesawka

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Swimming at Minnesawka

Hi there! Thinking of spending two or three nights in New Paltz or the surrounding area. Is there free swimming anywhere and how many nights is reasonable? Will likely hike the park but not sure what else. Thanks!

Vestal, New York
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1. Re: Swimming at Minnesawka

You can swim in both lakes in the park when there are lifeguards on duty.

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2. Re: Swimming at Minnesawka

Thanks! Is it a lake and how do you find lifeguard hours? Is there a "beach" as well? How hot has it been there as I am liooking at Airbnb without air.

Thanks!

Vestal, New York
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3. Re: Swimming at Minnesawka

You would need to call the park. Find that info on the park website.

There is a small "beach" on Lake Minnewaska; not sure about Awosting.

I do not live in New Paltz; I live a couple hours away. It has been hot but typical for July (mid to high 80's).

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4. Re: Swimming at Minnesawka

There is a very small, crowded, roped off area at both lakes at Minnewaska Park where swimming is open. However, it is not a recommendable swimming experience as it is crowded and cramped. If it were up to me, the whole lake would be open, just as it was before 1983.

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5. Re: Swimming at Minnesawka

Our temps have been in the 90s - not sure how much cooler you would be - but not much I would never consider renting anyplace without full AC - since you can get 85 or you can get 98 and humid.

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6. Re: Swimming at Minnesawka

Wear water shoes if you want to go swimming. The beach and entry area are very rocky. I learned the hard way!

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