With an extensive and scenic waterfront, CHQ has always celebrated its connection to the lake, and swimming has remained a popular past-time. Chautauqua Institution will operate one public beach during the 2021 summer assembly season. Children's beach will be open daily and supervised by certified lifeguards between the hours of Noon-6pm daily. Swimming is only allowed at our swim area when lifeguards are on duty. See Beaches and Waterfront tab below for additional COVID safety protocols that apply.

The 25 yard indoor pool at the Turner Community Center is open year-round. Members of Chautauqua Health & Fitness receive complimentary admission to the pool. Separate pool memberships and passes may also be purchased. Children under 12 years of age can use the exercise lane but must be accompanied in the water by a responsible adult (18 years or older) who resides in the same household. Reservations are required. See Turner Community Pool tab below for additional COVID safety protocols that apply.

Beaches & Waterfronts

Beaches & Waterfronts

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.

Summer 2021: Opens June 26, 2021 (weather permitting)

As per NYS COVID safety guidelines, 10 ft. of distance must be maintained between beach blankets and chairs, except for members of the same household/family unit. Masks are required whenever 6 ft. of social distance cannot be maintained from others outside your household/family unit. 


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. 

Closed for the season


Heinz Waterfront, located on South Lake Drive in front of the Heinz Fitness Center. 

This waterfront area is provided for sunbathing and fishing purposes. Fishing poles can be rented and nightcrawlers purchased at the Sports Club located on the shoreline in front of the Athenaeum Hotel.

Partially open for summer 2021: There will be no staff and no access to the water (docks)


University Waterfront, 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.

This waterfront area is provided for sunbathing and fishing purposes. Fishing poles can be rented and nightcrawlers purchased at the Sports Club located on the shoreline in front of the Athenaeum Hotel.

Partially open for summer 2021: There will be no staff and no access to the water (docks)