With an extensive and scenic waterfront, CHQ has always celebrated its connection to the lake, and swimming has remained a popular past-time. The 25 yard indoor pool at the Turner Community Center is open daily throughout the year for lap swimming, open family swims and private rentals.

Members of Chautauqua Health & Fitness receive complimentary admission to the pool. Separate pool memberships may also be purchased. Children 6 and under must be accompanied in the water by a responsible adult (18 years or older).

Chautauqua Institution maintains four public beaches, open daily (see hours & phone numbers below) and supervised by certified lifeguards during the summer season. Swimming is only allowed at our swim areas when lifeguards are on duty. Children must pass a deep end test unassisted at each beach in order to swim in deep water.



Lifeguard must be present to swim in designated beaches.

Children’s Beach, by the Miller Bell Tower, provides a shallow swimming area and sand beach for youth and their families. Children unable to stand alone with their head above water or in need of flotation devices must be accompanied in the water by an adult.
Hours of Operation: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Pier Beach, adjacent to Children’s Beach is a deep water swimming area. All children must pass a deep end test in order to swim here. New this season: Water X at the Waterfront will be offered at Pier Beach on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m. It serves as a fun way to get in shape in the midst of a beautiful setting. Check out the Special Studies catalog for more details.
Hours of Operation: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Heinz Beach, located on South Lake Drive in front of the Heinz Fitness Center. 
Hours of Operation: 8–11 a.m.

University Beach, located on North Lake Drive directly below the President’s Cottage, has a shallow and deep end. Water shoes are recommended due to the mostly rocky bottom and presence of zebra mussel shells.
Closed for the season


Heinz beach will close for the season on August 16.