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Lake Superior, Bethel

#16 of 19 in Nature in Catskill Region
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lake Superior State Park is a 1410acre state park located on a small lake, Lake Superior, in the Town of Bethel in Sullivan County, New York. The park is operated by the Sullivan County Department of Public Works under a long-term license from the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
Lake Superior State Park offers picnic tables, volleyball courts, and a food concession. A swimming beach is open on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day until late June, with daily swimming available from the last week of June through Labor Day. A boat launch is available for boats, however gas-powered motors are not permitted.
Big game hunting, fishing and ice fishing is permitted within season for individuals possessing valid hunting and fishing licenses.
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  • normally a well attended lake and park in the summer time by not only local inhabitants but the seasonal hasidic summer bungalow visitors as well. but its early october when the crowds are gone and.....  more »
  • The beach is small but clean , boats and paddle boats available and plenty of space to spread out and cook or picnic.  more »
  • This place was very disappointing. They have roped off a beautiful lake into a 30ft × 20ft swimming area which was quite crowded. If you have very young children and don't want to watch them yourself, a good dog would be able to save them in this tiny area of allowed wading. Why even have lifeguards? I don't think the water inside the roped area was deeper that three feet. For I guy who grew up swimming in the ocean, where lifeguards let you go thirty yards out into a roaring surf because they know they can save you, this swimming area felt ridiculously claustrophobic and overly protective. I tried to leave and was told there were no refunds. Although listed as a state park they do not accept the Empire Pass and charge $15 per car. This is a must skip. Dobt waste your time.
  • Pretty cold 9/8 but clean and beautiful.
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