Potter's Beach

Grindstone Island, New York

Potters Beach is a swimming area located on the St. Lawrence River off the West end of Grindstone Island near Clayton, New York. Potters Beach is the only naturally occurring sandy beach in the area and is a popular place to swim and have fun all summer long. The only way to access Potters Beach is by watercraft (navigation chart or GPS unit encouraged).

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 24th, 2020. Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on November 19th, 2020 at 2:31 PM.
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Current Weather
-4°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Potter's Beach is sampled bi-weekly from July 2nd to August 27th.

Source Information

Recreational public beaches in upstate New York are tested at least once every week typically from mid-June to September. Freshwater beaches in New York are posted when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 ml or when the geometric mean of samples collected over a 30-day period exceeds 126 E. coli / 100 ml. Chapter I of the State Sanitary Code Subpart 6-2 includes more criteria for freshwater quality, but most monitoring agencies rely on the E. coli standard.

Water Quality Graph

Potter's Beach

Grindstone Island, New York

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 24th, 2020. Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on November 19th, 2020 at 2:31 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
-4°C
Clear and sunny

Potters Beach is a swimming area located on the St. Lawrence River off the West end of Grindstone Island near Clayton, New York. Potters Beach is the only naturally occurring sandy beach in the area and is a popular place to swim and have fun all summer long. The only way to access Potters Beach is by watercraft (navigation chart or GPS unit encouraged).

Monitoring Frequency

Potter's Beach is sampled bi-weekly from July 2nd to August 27th.

Source Information

Recreational public beaches in upstate New York are tested at least once every week typically from mid-June to September. Freshwater beaches in New York are posted when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 ml or when the geometric mean of samples collected over a 30-day period exceeds 126 E. coli / 100 ml. Chapter I of the State Sanitary Code Subpart 6-2 includes more criteria for freshwater quality, but most monitoring agencies rely on the E. coli standard.

Water Quality Graph

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