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Seven Best Swimming Holes Near Campus

Clark Macomber

Summer may be over, but we still might have a few warm days left! Before the snow falls, take advantage of the last days of warmth. Get out and explore some of the great swimming holes we have around campus. Here is a list of the seven best swimming options I have found while at St. Lawrence.

  1. Lampson Falls

Lampson Falls is a classic amongst SLU students. With a short 20-minute dri,ve Lampson Falls is a great option after-class getaway. The trail head it is about a one-mile flat walk to the waterfall. There is a beach below the falls to swim from and some great trees to set up a hammock and relax!

  1. Higley Flow

Higley Flow is a state park full of recreation activities about 25 minutes from campus. Along with a beach for swimming, the park offers camping, hiking, fishing, and a bunch of activates in the winter like Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing and more. To learn more, check out their website here

  1. Brown Bridge

Right past the intersection of T Alexander Drive and Brown Bridge Road, there is a bridge over Raquette River. The bridge is about 15 feet tall with plenty of deep water below for jumping.

  1. Flat Rocks

Flat Rocks, or also known as Heart Falls, is a nature preserve open to the public only 15 minutes from campus. At Flat Rocks, you will find smooth exposed rocks great for laying out. Below a small waterfall, the river opens up into a large calm pool great for swimming. Flat Rocks is an awesome relaxing getaway from busy life on campus.

  1. The Rope Swing

One of the best options for taking a dip is right here on campus! Walk down Park Street across the bridge and the trail head to the sand banks and rope swing are on your right. Another fun option to get to the rope swing is to head to the canoe shack located behind the soccer practice fields. At St. Lawrence's Canoe Shack, students can rent canoes and paddle down the Little Grasse river which intersects with the Grasse River where you will find the rope swing!

  1. Taylor Park

Another option close to campus is Taylor Park. Taylor Park is a mile down Miner Street. At the Park, there is a big open field as well as a playground and beach volleyball court. For swimming, a gorgeous sandy beach awaits.

  1. The Flume

For those seeking a bit more of a thrill, the Flume is located in Wilmington N.Y., about 10 minutes past Whiteface Mountain. At the Flume, there are a variety of cliffs to jump off. The cliffs range from 20 feet to a far more advanced 55 feet. Get out and get sendy!