Thank You to everyone who was able to be

by, on, and in the Hudson River at:

The 13th Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim.

See your 2016 swim times here.

The pool IS CLOSED.

Time for volunteers to gather,

and help get the pool on dry land.

Saturday October 1, 2016

(raindate: October 2).

The process begins at 10:00 am.

Ever wonder how the pool gets in and out of the river every summer?

We could use help removing the pool for the season.


Get hands on experience in how the process works.

We will be going in the river and the water will be cooler.

If you want to go in the river and you have a wet suit, bring it.

Thank you to all who visited the pool

This Summer of 2016

Please continue to check in for updates about

the future of River Pool at Beacon

If you have friends or family members who are lifeguards or plan to be lifeguards, please encourage them to

include a waterfront skills module, increasing lifeguard opportunities.

SUMMER JOB AVAILABLE: Lifeguard for the River Pool


Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, with Waterfront Skills Module


The pool is free, and open to the public,

offering everyone a way to get into the Hudson River, to be introduced to its currents and tides, to learn about river life and to take that first step and swim towards becoming river stewards.  As our founding partner and member Pete Seeger believed, we know that the stewardship of a great river can begin on a summer afternoon, one child, one laugh, one splash at a time.  Come join us!

and lifeguards are always present when the pool is open..

During the summer months, the pool is open Tuesday through Sunday - Noon to 6pm (weather permitting).

The design of the partially submerged pool is environmentally sensitive and makes for a safe wading area that protects bathers from boaters and currents. With a permeable floor and sides that work as a below-water fence, the twenty-foot diameter wading pool allows river water to flow through it. The entire structure is supported by floating fiberglass seats in rainbow colors.


Approximately $25,000 net funds were raised by swimmers, during The 12th Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim, ensuring the operation and maintenance of the small pool for the 2016 season.


Robert Boyle, one of the Hudson River’s most eloquent historians, once said

“it is a very subtle river, a very diverse river, and the main key to its character

is the extraordinary variety to be found both in it and along its shores.” 


That varied character of the river comes to mind now as we approach the river pool’s tenth anniversary.  After an unusually warm winter, the glass eels are again making their way into the tributaries, the tiny eaglet heads are appearing in their treetop habitats, the blue heron are preparing to nest, and azaleas are blooming.  At River Pool, we take that to mean spring is here and we are looking ahead to another summer in the river.

There will be plenty for our team of active volunteers to do both in the river and out—weeding the water chestnuts, cleaning the seats, attaching the pickets to the floor, floating the seats out to the pool site, securing the pool, putting in the gangway.  The list goes on.  And on.  Stay tuned to what’s happening and when by checking the website,, and please do consider coming down to the river in mid-June to lend a hand.

As we approach our tenth anniversary, we also want to keep you up to date about our thoughts and plans for the future.  While the pool allows over 1000 kids (and adults) each summer to experience the joys of river swimming within the safety of its rainbow circle, it is currently nearing the end of its design life. As many of you know, we have been anticipating this and have received plans from the marine engineering firm, Ocean and Coastal Consultants in Trumbull, CT, for the design and construction of a larger pool suitable for both kids and adults. For several years, we have also been in discussion with Scenic Hudson.  Our hope has long been that the organization would partner with River Pool by allowing us to construct and install the new, larger pool at a site on the river accessed by Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park.  Both the water quality and depth rendered this area of this river the only feasible site in the city of Beacon for a larger and deeper flow-through pool.

Scenic Hudson has recently informed us that it is unwilling and unable to enter in to such a partnership. We are, of course, greatly disappointed.  That said, we are exploring the possibilities for a new pool at our current site, thus extending this invaluable community resource into the future. 

Additional personal thanks comes from River Pool president, Michael Gersh:

I would like to add my thanks to all swimmer, kayakers, and volunteers for helping to make River Pool free to the public.  While there are other places to swim in Beacon, they all require a fee.  River Pool serves close to 1000 swimmers every summer at no cost to them, and by next summer, we will have brought over 10,000 swimmers into the river.

Thank you again for all you have done.

There would be no River Pool without you.

We remain committed to providing safe public access to the Hudson River for swimming and wading, which we believe will promote awareness and stewardship of the river.

You can make a donation by going to our home page, and clicking on the “support river pool” link. 

We are ever grateful for your support!

Much of the Hudson River is clean enough to swim in and we are working to keep it that way.

Learn more about River Pool in this article from

Metropolis magazine written by Aki Busch.


River Pool is a non-profit volunteer organization.

To help with this project Please Join Us!