Hot Spot - Catskill Park

Catskill Park is a mountainous region of southeastern New York composed of both public and private lands. The area's skyline is composed of ninety-eight peaks over 3,000 feet in elevation. This Hot Spot will focus on the Peakamoose Blue Hole, an iconic swimming hole right on Rondout Creek and tucked away in the forests of the Catskills. The swimming hole features a natural rock slide and is surrounded by rock ledges perfect for jumping into the deep blue water. 

Blue Hole has seen a huge increase popularity and has shifted from a quiet, remote frontcountry area to a crowded, party-experience. During the summer the swimming hole can see up to 700 people a day. Blue Hole sees numerous recreation-related impacts including:

  • litter/trash
  • human waste impacts
  • water resource impacts
  • aesthetic impacts  


The Leave No Trace team visited New Paltz, NY and the surrounding areas to execute a week of education and outreach.

2017 Blue Hole Hot Spot