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Outdoor Rec GuideSwimming

Looking for a way to cool off during the hot days of summer? Visit the beach at Lake St. Catherine State Park or find a local swimming hole! 

While Poultney is proud to boast the majestic, meandering Poultney River, it should go without saying that waterfalls, swimming holes and off-trail hiking can be extremely dangerous. Speak to a local before venturing into new territories and respect any No Trespassing signage.

Lake St. Catherine State Park

Lake St. Catherine Park maintains two sandy beaches on the sprawling 117-acre property. The day-use beach has picnic tables and a playground, with bathhouses and restrooms during park hours (10am to official sunset). During operation, a concession stand rents rowboats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats. Learn more »

The swimming area is designated by a string of buoys to discourage boats from creating a wake in the area, but there are no lifeguards on duty so be sure to take caution and swim at your own risk.

Poultney River

The Poultney River originates from a mountain spring in the town of Tinmouth, Vermont, and flows through Middletown Springs and Poultney before reaching the New York border. It makes for a nice spot to cool down on hot summer days but access is unmarked and sometimes crosses private property. We recommend asking the locals for a good location if you’re looking to take a dip in the Poultney River.