Founded shortly after World War II by John Grandy on family land along the Grasse River, “Lazy River”– as it has since been known– was at first a dance pavilion with swimming and picnic facilities for families. Within a short time, the Grandys added roller skating, miniature golf, shuffleboard and other summer games to their attraction.

Photographs from the 1950s show several hundred cars in the parking areas for typical weekend gatherings. It was the place to go for teenagers and college students at that time. Fifty years later, it is still rented for family reunions, office parties or other group outings by appointment. You can grill your own picnic foods, rent skates for a whirl around the rink or play a few holes of golf on a very challenging course while others swim or go out in the river in boats.

Current owner Francis “Red” Grandy frequently entertains visitors with his amazing amphibious car and tales of his days as a war photographer in Europe.

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  • Categories Cultural Landmark, Small Town
  • Region Hermon, St. Lawrence County, St. Lawrence Valley