Brantingham Lake, New York, USA

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Brantingham Lake is located in Lewis County, New York adjacent to the scenic Adirondack Park Preserve. The local native settlers originally named the area Brantingham and when the white settlers moved to the area in 1796, they adopted the name as their own. Today, with year-round activities, spectacular scenery, and peaceful privacy, Brantingham Lake’s residents have nicknamed their home the “Jewel of the Adirondacks.”

Every season offers new adventures and activities at Brantingham Lake, each accentuated by the changing backdrop of the rugged Adirondack mountains. During spring, as the mountains come alive with new leaves and flowers, visitors can hike the many trails around Brantingham Lake and listen to the sounds of nature with the return of warmer days. By the end of April, Brantingham Lake should be thawed and visitors can once again enjoy their favorite water activities, including boating and fishing.

During the warmer months of summer, lush mountain greenery gives a vibrant feel to the area as residents and visitors alike get ready to indulge in Brantingham Lake at its finest. Swimming, fishing, sailing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and waterskiing are enjoyed on the crystal clear water. Off the water, the area around Brantingham Lake offers golf, tennis, mountain climbing, hot air ballooning, and camping. With trail maps readily available at most vacation rentals and local resorts, save some time to explore the well-groomed and marked trails for mountain biking, ATVs, hiking and horseback riding.

In the fall, the mountains explode with color, and life on and around Brantingham Lake does not slow down. Lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass, brown bullhead, catfish, yellow perch, sunfish, pickerel, pumpkinseed, whitefish, bluegill, white sucker, and crappy are still in the lake waiting to tease anglers’ lines. From October to May, the lake levels are drawn down to prevent shore erosion and damage to the docks during the winter freeze, but the fishing is still great. For hunting enthusiasts, fall at Brantingham Lake and the nearby area offers great hunting for deer, bear, rabbit, ruffed grouse, woodcock and turkey. And all the marked trails provide new scenery as the leaves change from green to vibrant orange, and small animals scurry to prepare for winter.

Wintertime brings an average of 200 inches of snow to Brantingham Lake, giving the area the title of “Snow Capital of the East.” It may be cold, but the area glows with activity during the winter months, so bundle up and prepare to enjoy Brantingham Lake’s white wonderland. The marked trails are now traveled by snowmobiles, cross-country skis, and snowshoes. Nearby ski resorts provide great downhill skiing. Fishing is now a new challenge as you literally pick a spot and saw a hole. Not sure how to pick that right spot? Nearby fishing guides are available to help find just the right “fishing hole.” But winter is also a time of rest, so if you choose to stay in your vacation rental home by the blazing fire with a mug of hot chocolate and enjoy the pristine white view of sleeping mountains and the stillness of the frozen Brantingham Lake, that too is allowed.

If you should choose to leave the secluded quietness of Brantingham Lake, a quick drive into the Adirondack Park offers many diversions. During the warmer months, kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding, biking or rock climbing are all great activities found throughout the park. In the colder months, the many mountain ranges of the Adirondacks offer downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or for the ride of a lifetime, try a bobsled ride. Of course, if you choose to just relax and take scenic tours of the area, the views are breathtaking around each turn in the road.

Residents call Brantingham Lake a “destination” because travelers do not go through here to get anywhere else. Brantingham Lake is primarily a residential lake that is usually quiet and peaceful during the weekdays, but very lively on the weekends. Self described as a friendly, family-oriented community, and not a “tourist trap”, Brantingham Lake’s waterfront residences and vacation rentals vary from old style Adirondack cabins to upscale modern homes. Although Brantingham Lake is considered rural, it has modern conveniences of cable TV, cell phone coverage, internet service, and has easy access to shopping areas, restaurants, and medical facilities.

Things to do at Brantingham Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Biking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Brantingham Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Brown Trout
  • Catfish
  • Lake Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sucker
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Whitefish
  • Yellow Perch

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Brantingham Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Town of Greig

Surface Area: 341 acres

Shoreline Length: 11 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,234 feet

Average Depth: 55 feet

Maximum Depth: 85 feet

Completion Year: 1914

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

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Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

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A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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