11 Magnificent
Lakes Nearby

Albany is full of lakes large and small. Some of them have public access, some require additional recreational permits. This list is a selection of lakes and reservoirs that anyone can enjoy.

Grafton Lakes State Park is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and the nearest spot with a large sandy beach for sunbathing and swimming in summer.

Grafton Lakes State Park

Saratoga Lake is a 4,000-acre reservoir just 30 miles north of Albany. It’s a buzzing boating lake with plenty of facilities and access areas.

Saratoga Lake

Lawson Lake is a small but charming nature spot just 25 minutes south of Albany. Makes for a serene and peaceful destination, perfect for escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Lawson Lake

Cherry Plain State Park

Great Sacandaga Lake

The Vlaie

Thompson’s Lake

Onota Lake

Lake George

Otsego Lake

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