Go Jump in a Lake
Swimming holes for everyone
Everybody has a “type,” especially as the summer heats up. Some like the quiet kind, some like the busy kind. Fortunately, there is a swimming hole for all tastes in a region that boasts more than 75 bodies of water, including the Otis Reservoir, which is the third largest in the state (1,065 acres) and is a busy sporting spot for vacationers and locals alike.
In Monterey, Lake Garfield has a sandy, family-friendly beach and swimming docks. Protected by the woods of Beartown State Forest, Benedict Pond is a hidden gem of clear water and relative privacy (and decent restrooms).
If boating is more your thing, Lake Buel is ideal for dropping anchor, throwing out a few lines, or jumping in the cool water.
At North Adams’s popular Windsor Lake, families gather for picnics and boaters still their engines to take in the sounds of live music on its shore. In Adams, Bellevue Falls provides a scenic swimming hole with ample privacy.