Lakes in New York

New York offers lake enthusiasts more than 100 bodies of water to sample, from highly developed recreation areas to quiet fishing holes. Some, such as Lake Placid, lie completely instate; others, such as Lake Champlain, which stretches into Canada, are only partly within the state's borders.

In Upstate New York, the Finger Lakes region is a wonderful vacation spot with not only 11 Finger Lakes (Otisco, Skaneateles, Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Canadice, Hemlock and Conesus) but also Oneida Lake, sometimes called the "thumb". The region is home to gorgeous waterfalls, superb parks, quaint villages, unique museums, fun boutiques and wine trails with more than 100 wineries. For those who love to fish, the Fulton Chain Lakes are also located in Upstate New York. Fulton's eight lakes offer anglers a variety of sport fish, including northern pike, trout, landlocked salmon, bass, yellow perch and tiger muskie.

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Featured lakes in New York

Chaddwick Lake

Chaddwick Lake is located in Orange County. Facilities located on the lake include picnic shelter, two playgrounds, fitness and walking trails and boating launches. Fishing is also allowed on the lake.

Lake Colden

Lake Colden is located in Essex County. This lake sits at the base of Mount Colden. Its a popular spot for hikers. There are a number of campsites in the area also.

Oneida Lake

Oneida Lake is the largest lake located within New York State. Because this lake is shallow, it is warmer than other lakes in summer. It winter it freezes solidly, making it a relatively safe spot for ice fishing and snowmobiling.


Popular New York lakes

Ashokan Reservoir
Black Lake
Canadarago Lake
Canandaigua Lake
Cannonsville Reservoir
Cayuga Lake
Chaddwick Lake
Chautauqua Lake
Cranberry Lake
Hemlock Lake
Hinckley Reservoir
Lake Colden
Lake Saint Lawrence
Lewey Lake
Oneida Lake
Onondaga Lake
Otsego Lake
Owasco Lake
Pepacton Reservoir
Piseco Lake
Raquette Lake
Raquette Pond
Saratoga Lake
Schroon Lake
Seneca Lake
Skaneateles Lake
Stillwater Reservoir
West Branch Keuka Lake


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