1. Lake George, Warren County
With over 30 miles of lake to love and hundreds of islands within it, there's so much to see and do on Lake George! A favorite place to come and visit every summer, residents from all over our state make this trip to enjoy the stunning waters of the Queen of American Lakes.
2. Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake
Right in Hamilton County, the area offers plenty of adventurous activities to keep our residents busy. If you're not interested in spending a day fishing on the lake, you could also hike Blue Mountain and get an amazing view of the water from above!
3. Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh
One of the many gorgeous bodies of water we find ourselves sharing with others, Lake Champlain not only falls within New York territory but also Vermont and even part of Canada. The amazing views you get when you visit this North American wonder are unforgettable and will leave you coming back for more.
4. Fulton Chain of Lakes, Adirondack Park
With amazingly remote areas like these, it's hard not to want to spend all of your time up in the Adirondack Park! A series of 8 lakes, the Fulton Chain is a great recreational area during the summer time. From fishing to unbelievable camping spots and so much more, you won't regret checking out this area!
5. North-South Lake, Greene County
A wonderful area for our adventurous residents to explore in the Catskills, North-South Lake over the years has become quite the favored spot for camping. With over 200 camping sites, our residents love to come to the area and camp out for the weekend while exploring the beautiful surrounding areas.
6. Lake Tiorati, Harriman State Park
Mark this spot down on your list for places to go and cool off this summer. The Lake Tiorati beach is the perfect place to relish in the warm weather. This man-made lake is also a great place to go fishing or enjoy a day out on the boat.
7. Cranberry Lake, Saint Lawrence County
The Adirondack Park's 3rd largest lake, this area is a favorite for our residents during the summer months because of its fantastic camping sites.
8. Raquette Lake, Hamilton County
The Adirondack's largest natural lake, Raquette Lake has just nearly 100 miles of shoreline. Wow!
9. Green Lakes State Park, Manlius
Another great area on our list to check out if you're looking to go camping, this state park features both Green and Round Lakes. The eye-catching color of this lake will win you over, along with the many miles of trails to explore around the lake.
10. Cooper Lake, Woodstock
The largest natural lake in the Catskill Mountains, the scenic area is great place to spend the day outside soaking up the sun and enjoying a picnic. Don't be turned off by the fact that swimming and fishing aren't allowed here, you'll be too preoccupied with staring at all the beautiful surrounding mountains to do much of anything else!
Who’s feeling ready to unpack all their summer gear? What are your favorite lakes in New York? Share with us in the comments.