Swimming in the Berkshires, MA

Swimming Beach in the Berkshires

Cool off and connect with nature with a swim in one of the Berkshires’ inviting lakes or tranquil rivers. Floating under blue skies will offer a refreshing escape from summer's heat. Take part in open-water swimming, guarded or non-guarded public beaches, and swimming pools.

  • Public Land
  • Private Land
  • Bus Route
  • Trail
  • Major Trail

What to know before you go

Safety first! Lakes, rivers, and streams present risks beyond pool swimming, even for experienced swimmers. Take heed from the US Forest Service here, and get tips about swimming in lakes, rivers, and streams from the Red Cross here. If you don't know how to swim, wear a life vest that meets US Coast Guard requirements.

Know the rules. In addition to reviewing posted regulations at designated swimming areas, keep in mind that some municipally managed spots have residency restrictions. Check their websites for the most up-to-date information.

Best Practices for Open Water Swimming: The DCR regulations listed here, although written specifically for one body of water, contain several helpful guidelines applicable to open water swimming in the Berkshires.

Please visit our SAFETY TIPS page before heading out to enjoy the Berkshires!

Clubs, Retail & Rentals

Looking to meet up with others for team sports or group activities? Check out our list of clubs and leagues in the Berkshires. We also link to an array of outdoor recreation resources: retail shops for gear, rental facilities for equipment, and guides to get you where you want to go! Our list of summer camps will help you plan an overnight or day camp adventure for your young ones.