The amount of lakes in New York is one of the many perks to being a resident here or visiting. Generally speaking, no matter where you are in the state, you’re almost always just a short drive away from one of many gorgeous NY lakes! No matter your passion, whether it’s fishing, swimming, water skiing, boating or more, all sorts of incredible outdoor activities can be experienced at our enchanting lakes. Ranging in size and depth, all 20 of these NY lakes have extraordinary things to offer.

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What is the hottest month of the year in New York?

Like most northeast states in the US, New York experiences its warmest weather in the summer months. Specifically, it’s July that is the hottest and experiences the most sun, with an average temperature of 84. Luckily there are quite a few lakes in New York State to cool off in.

 What are the most beautiful beaches in New York?

 Not only can you find some of the most beautiful lakes in NY, but it also borders the Atlantic Ocean. The Fire Island National Seashore has 32 miles of coastline full of pristine beaches to explore and gorgeous fine sand to dig your toes into. Just keep in mind that the water can be a little chilly. While you’re there, check out the Fire Island Lighthouse.

Which state parks should I visit in New York?

There are 180 state parks within New York State’s nearly 55,000 square miles. In Ulster County, there’s the 24,000-acre Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Here, you can take in the stunning Shawangunk Ridge, explore waterfalls and some of the most beautiful lakes in NY, rock-climb, or hike the over 30 miles of carriage roads and 50 miles of hiking trails. And during season, you can swim at Lake Minnewaska or Lake Awosting. Learn more about why you should visit this beautiful spot in New York. In western New York, you’ll find the 14,000-acre Letchworth State Park, known as the Grand Canyon of the East due to the gorge formed by the Genesee River. In addition to the 66 miles of hiking within the park, you’ll also find several waterfalls to explore, and have the opportunity to kayak, whitewater raft, or even take a hot air balloon ride to see the park from up above. Learn more about visiting this lovely NY state park.

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