Findley Lake

Findley Lake is a friendly hideaway in New York’s Chautauqua-Allegheny Region. This 292-acre lake was created in 1815 when Revolutionary War veteran Alexander Findley built a small dam over a brook to power his mill. The resulting impoundment joined two…

Tupper Lake

Tupper Lake Shoreline

Big Tupper Lake is a perfect specimen of the natural lakes found in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. The 3,850-acre lake formed from a glacial hollow along the course of the Raquette River, with more water contributions from…

Rushford Lake

Cool breezes and a welcoming expanse of water greet residents and their guests at Rushford Lake. This reservoir in New York’s Chautauqua-Allegheny region has many seasonal cottages and year-round homes along its five-mile shoreline set amid treed slopes. All types…

Chateaugay Lakes

Lower Chateaugay Lake Shoreline

Sprawling across nearly 3,200 acres near the Canadian border, the Chateaugay Lakes are held dear in the hearts of many northern New Yorkers. Located entirely within the Adirondack Park borders, Upper Chateaugay Lake and Lower Chateaugay Lake are connected by…

Lakes of Pigeon Lake Wilderness

Little-known and seldom publicized, the many lakes in the Pigeon Lake Wildernes provide an opportunity for solitude and pleasant outdoor exercise for the public. Located in the central region of Adirondacks Park in Hamilton and Herkimer counties, the 50,000-acre roadless…

Cranberry Lake

Panoramic View of Cranberry Lake from Bear Mountain

The best of the Adirondacks is on full display at Cranberry Lake. Located near the edge of six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Cranberry Lake is one of the least developed lakes in the region. Although the Adirondacks are known as a resort…

Peach Lake

Peach Lake Serenity

One of the best suburban neighborhoods outside of the New York City area surrounds little Peach Lake. Once a popular summer getaway location, the neighborhoods surrounding Peach Lake have matured into primarily year-round homes occupied by families who appreciate the…

Essex Chain of Lakes

Lake Blues-Newcomb

After long months of anticipation and hours of negotiation, the newly-acquired Essex Chain of Lakes opened in New York’s Adirondacks region. An 11,600-acre tract of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. land used for timber harvesting was opened October 1, 2013…

Lake Minnewaska NY

Awosting Falls

An unusual world nestles atop the Shawangunk Mountain ridge in New York’s Catskills region, and Lake Minnewaska is a vital part of that rare world. The small, 36-acre lake lies between steep cliff walls near the top of the ridge,…

Sacandaga Lake & Lake Pleasant

Moffitt Beach Views

Sacandaga Lake and Lake Pleasant are the crown jewels of Hamilton County, anchor community of central Adirondack Park. The community of Lake Pleasant occupies the strip of land between the two lakes, and becomes ‘outdoor central’ each summer when park…

Sylvia Lake

Loons Make Their Homes on Sylvia Lake

Tucked neatly away on the border between New York’s Adirondack and Thousand Islands regions, Sylvia Lake is the perfect Northern New York location for the annual family vacation. Like ‘Up North’ cottage lakes across the American East and Midwest, Sylvia…

Onondaga Lake

Onondage Lake Waterfront

Long before its discovery by French explorers, Onondaga Lake was the location of the Iroquois Confederacy of tribes agreement. The ‘Great Peacemaker’ brought together the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk Nations on the shores of Onondaga Lake. These warring…

Green Lakes NY

Green Lake Autumn

Two little-known lakes in the Finger Lakes region of New York offer a geological mystery inviting the attention of scientists around the world. Green Lakes State Park holds small Green Lake and even smaller Round Lake. These two lakes are…

Peck’s Lake

Scenic Peck Lake

Peck’s Lake is tucked away at the southern edge of New York’s renowned Adirondack Park. This 1,370-acre reservoir has been providing recreation for well over a century. Archeological finds in the area show evidence of human habitation long before European…

Raquette Lake

Vintage Postcard of Raquette Lake

Raquette Lake lies in the center of Adirondacks Park – a natural, unspoiled gem that draws nature enthusiasts from around the world. Raquette Lake (sometimes spelled Racquette Lake) is the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks, with nearly a hundred…