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Peekamoose Blue Hole is a popular swimming hole located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. It is situated on Rondout Creek in the town of Denning and is part of the Sundown Wild Forest.

Permits and Access

Due to its popularity and to prevent overuse, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has implemented a free permit system for weekends and holidays from May 15 through October 15. Visitors need to obtain a permit for these times before arriving at the site.


Parking is limited in the area around Peekamoose Blue Hole, and vehicles must only park in designated areas. Illegal parking could result in fines or towing. On busy days, parking spaces can fill up quickly, so arriving early is advised.

Rules and Regulations

  • Leave No Trace: Visitors are expected to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the environment.
  • No Glass: Glass containers are not allowed at Peekamoose Blue Hole to prevent injuries and littering.
  • Alcohol and Drugs: The use of alcohol and drugs is prohibited at the site.
  • Litter: Littering is illegal. Carry out what you carry in.
  • Noise: Excessive noise is not permitted. This includes playing loud music.


There are few amenities at Peekamoose Blue Hole, which helps to maintain its natural state. There are typically portable restrooms, but visitors should be prepared to be self-sustained and not rely on any additional amenities.


  • Water Safety: The water can be very cold, which can shock the body and lead to drowning. There are no lifeguards, so swim at your own risk.
  • Weather: Be prepared for quick weather changes and plan accordingly.
  • Wildlife: The area is home to wildlife like bears, so proper food storage and disposal are important.

Environmental Impact

The Peekamoose Blue Hole has been impacted by the high volume of visitors in recent years. To preserve this pristine environment, it's essential that all visitors adhere to guidelines for responsible use.

Nearby Attractions

Besides swimming, the area offers other activities like hiking and camping. Peekamoose Mountain and Table Mountain are nearby, providing trails for those interested in exploring the Catskills further.

Contact Information

For the most current information regarding permits, regulations, and conditions, it's best to contact the NYSDEC or visit their website before planning your trip.

By being informed and respectful of the rules and natural environment, visitors can help ensure that Peekamoose Blue Hole remains a beautiful and enjoyable place for everyone.

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