A Beginner’s Guide to Saratoga Lake
7 Easy Ways to Enjoy Saratoga Lake
It’s hard for many locals to imagine a summer without at least one trip to Saratoga Lake. Its shores are home to many cherished childhood memories, and it continues to be a perfect recreation spot for all ages during hot summer months. With summer quickly approaching, we wanted to share this beginner’s guide of 7 easy ways to enjoy this beautiful local lake.
1. Take a Dip at Brown’s Beach
While most of Saratoga Lake’s shoreline is privately owned, families flock to Brown’s Beach, one of the only public swim spots. Relax on the sand and take in the beautiful view of the lake while you soak up the sun. It’s nice and shallow, so the whole family can splash and play together. The shallow water also makes it easy to launch a kayak or canoe and practice in safety. If all the sunbathing and swimming has worked up your appetite, have lunch on one of the picnic tables. You could also step into Dock Brown’s for a bite to eat on their breezy, lake view dining porch, or head down the street for ice cream at Stewart’s.
Hours: 10am – 7pm (summer season)
Contact: (518) 664-6148
2. Visit Waterfront Park
If you’d rather not get wet, but still want a view, this beautiful lakeside park is the place to be. This highly anticipated park opened in June of last year and is still in pristine condition. The park has three levels. At the top is the parking lot and the spectacular new wooden staircase that leads to the lower levels.
The middle level features a fantastic new amphitheater overlooking the lake which can be used for events and gatherings.
The lower level has more parking for access to the sandy beach area and several picnic and BBQ areas. Although you can’t swim here, it’s a great spot to enjoy the view and the sun on those warm Summer days. View Park Map
3. Venture Out On the Water
There is no shortage of options for aquatic rentals. Boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, wake boards – take your pick! Here are two of our favorites:
Motorboat Rentals & Marina – Saratoga Boatworks
For boat rentals, Saratoga Boatworks offers 22′ pontoon and 20′ deck boat rentals, which can be rented by the day or half day. They also have a marina and boat launch on Fish Creek, which opens right into Saratoga Lake. They are open Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm. For pricing, reservations and other info, call (866) 322-2628 or visit www.SaratogaBoatWorks.com.
Kayaks and Paddleboards – Kayak Shak
For kayak and paddleboard rentals (from $20), or to launch your own (non-motorized) boat, Kayak Shak is a fun, friendly and affordable option located about 2 miles away from the main lake basin (by water) on Fish Creek. It’s a bit of a paddle to get to the lake, but well worth it. They’re open 7 days a week 9am – 6pm (weather permitting), and after you work up an appetite, creek-side pizzeria Harvest and Hearth is only a few steps away offering artisan pizza pies, craft beer, wine and locally-sourced veggies. For pricing and more info, visit www.kayakshak.com
See more Saratoga Lake marinas and boat rental shops
4. Take the Bait
Saratoga Lake offers excellent fishing for beginners and veterans alike with access to habitats from shallow, weedy zones to steep, rocky ones. Here, you’ll find large and smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye. You could also try your hand at bow hunting for carp! The New York State Boat Launch is located right on Route 9P with parking for 100 trailers so you can get right out onto the water. View the DEC’s fishing info and contour map.
Address: NY-9P, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Hours: April – October 6am – 7pm
Fees: vehicles $8 (Collected via automated pay station. Credit cards and exact change only.), buses/nonprofits $35.00,
For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call call the Park Office at (518) 584-2000 for more information. Boat Launch Pass must be displayed on dashboard.
5. Grab a Bite to Eat
Any great waterfront needs restaurants to match. Lake Local, which has a level, lakeview dining patio, and beach access (complete with comfy Adirondack chairs and tiki torches) just opened May 2 and is a local favorite. If you’re looking for low key fun, hit up Carson’s Woodside Tavern or Dock Brown’s Lakeside Tavern. For fine dining look for Mangino’s Ristorante or Panza’s Restaurant. View more on Yelp – Saratoga Lake
6. Take a Hike
Experience Saratoga Lake’s surrounding environment by walking along Burl Trail. The one-mile loop follows Kayaderosseras Creek, which meanders into the lake. This level wood-chip trail makes for a relaxing and enjoyable hike through the natural beauty of the region.
For more trails and Saratoga County hikes, check out our interactive Parks & Rec map
7. Stay Awhile
If you feel like you want to have a more long term stay by Saratoga Lake, we don’t blame you! We’d love to talk to you about rental properties on the lake. From cottages to townhomes, let us help you find just what you’re looking for. You can Live Chat an agent during business hours on our website, call (518) 587-4500, or visit us at 519 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs – our office provides parking in back and is open 7 days a week.
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