The drive on Route 28 from Utica to Blue Mountain is a cornucopia of sights, sounds and smells. We catch glimpses of azure lakes peeping between the Scotch pines and Douglas fir trees that stand at attention on each side of the road. I often have a difficult time staying in the lane, because the scenery is so spectacular and I am drawn to it like a duck to water. Much of the lakefront property is privately owned, so we cannot stop and explore the area. However, we were delighted to see a public beach in Blue Mountain Lake, NY, situated at the intersection of Routes 28 and 30. We pulled over to have our lunch and soak in the glorious scenery. I’ll allow the photos to tell their story, but realize the area is ten times more colorful and peaceful and enjoyable. Ah!
The park is small, the smallest beach I’ve ever seen. There are a smattering of picnic tables and a bench. You can also sit on a rocky bank near the boat launching area. Swimming is allowed only when a lifeguard is on duty (no one was here today), but even if there was, I doubt anyone would venture into the lake’s very chilly waters this late in the year. I was so tempted to wade into the lovely waters, though!
Several boaters paddled out from the launch toward the center of the lake, replete with long fishing poles and boxes full of bait. I have no idea the type of fish in this lake, but I could guess trout is popular in this area.
My kitty enjoyed watching the minnows darting near the water’s edge, tantalizingly out of reach.
While the park is tiny, it was rather busy for sleepy little Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Several bikers, taking a break from their motorcycle trek through the Adirondacks, stopped for a respite. Other folks, obviously locals, launched boats and another group of visitors sauntered in with picnic baskets.
Restrooms and water fountains are across the street, next to a radio tower that the boys found interesting.
We stayed, riveted to the scenery, for about half an hour. If you are passing through on Route 28, take a moment to stop here and catch your breath. The air is crisp, the view is stunning. I am desperate to return!