It's already August! Summer will be over before we know it, so if you haven't already, it's time to get out and about. There is tons of fun stuff to do in New York State. Personally, one thing I love to do is hang out in or around the water. It's much less fun during the winter, so summer is the time to do it.

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How Many Lakes Does New York State Have?

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation there are more than 7,600 freshwater lakes located around the state. And of course portions of two of the great lakes are in New York - Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

These waterbodies are drinking water supplies, provide flood control to protect life and property, and support recreation, tourism, agriculture, fishing, power generation, and manufacturing and provide habitat for aquatic plant and animal life.

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One New York State Lake Lands Among Top 10 Cleanest In America

According to A-Z Animals, one lake in New York has made the list of the top 10 cleanest lakes in the United States. Lake George made the list, it was the only New York lake to make the top 10.

With its 109 miles of shoreline and 300+ islands, Lake George has been dubbed the “Queen of the American Lakes.”

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These Are The Top 5 Biggest Lakes In New York State

According to A-Z Animals, these are the top 5 biggest lakes in New York State. You can take a day trip or weekend getaway to one of these lakes (if not already in your backyard) to enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, or just gazing into the water before summer ends.

5. Seneca Lake

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The lake covers 42,800 acres (66.87 square miles) and a maximum depth of 618 feet, ranking as one of the country’s deepest.

 

4. Oneida Lake

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Oneida Lake is the largest lake entirely within New York State’s borders, having a surface area of 50,894 acres (79.5 sq mi).

 

3. Lake Champlain

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Lake Champlain is the biggest freshwater lake in New York, with a surface area of 313,600 acres (514 square miles) and a total shoreline length of 587 miles.

 

2. Lake Ontario

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Lake Ontario is 7,340 square miles.

1. Lake Erie

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Lake Erie is 9,910 square miles.

You can check out the top 15 biggest lakes in New York State here.

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If you're looking for some beaches to enjoy this summer, check out these New York beaches.

Top 10 Notable Beaches In Upstate New York

Beaches in Upstate New York offer you the perfect escape during the summer months. What are the top beaches in all of Upstate New York to check out and enjoy?

We decided to ask ChatGPT to highlight 10 of the best beaches in Upstate New York. Here's the list that ChatGPT provided to us:

See Which New York Beaches Made America's Best Beach Towns

A trip to the beach when the weather is warmer is always incredible. Maybe this year you can visit one of these 14 in New York State that were the Top Rated in America.

WalletHub compared 191 cities across America to find the best beach towns. Here's how they determined the winners:

WalletHub compared 191 cities across 62 key indicators of livability. We split our comparison into two categories, towns located by the ocean and by lakes. Our data set ranges from housing costs to share of for-sale waterfront homes to quality of beach water."

Here's a look at how New York scored:

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