Glen Lake, New York, USA

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Glen Lake, a quiet relatively uncrowded lake, is located in Warren County, New York. The beauty of this destination is enhanced by its close proximity to amenities and attractions that will increase your vacation memories no matter which season you visit.

Homes on Glen Lake’s shoreline are nestled in beautifully wooded lots to maintain its natural setting. Fortunate lakefront real estate owners have easy access to the water for swimming, boating, and fishing. Multiple public access points allow visitors to enjoy the fun of the beach, swimming, boating, and fishing for brown bullhead, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed, walleye and yellow perch. During the frozen months, ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating can be enjoyed on the ice and snow. Lake levels are lowered on October 1st each year to protect the shoreline and private docks from ice damage during the cold winter months, and allowed to refill to full pond around April 15 each spring in preparation for summer water sports.

Glen Lake is situated in the city of Glen’s Falls whose name is taken from a large waterfall in the nearby Hudson River on the southern border of the city. In 1766, the falls were known as Wing’s Falls in honor of the leader of a Quaker settlement, Abraham Wing. According to different versions of local legend, Wing transferred his claim on the falls’ name to Colonel Johannes Glen as a payment of a debt or the result of losing card game or in exchange for hosting a large party. Whichever story is correct, it resulted in the name change to Glen’s Falls in 1788. The area is rich in history with its location halfway between Fort Edward and Fort William Henry where several battles were fought during the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Today, the city proudly proclaims it nicknames as “Hometown USA” and “Empire City” to the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come to the area each year.

Warren County, named after Major General Joseph Warren of the Battle of Bunker Hill, offers something for everyone. With all of the unspoiled mountains of the southern Adirondacks, Glen Lake, multiple rivers and lakes, and dense forests, Warren County is a year round playground for outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen. In the summer, visitors and residents flock to the many waterways looking for the refreshing coolness of the water as they swim, scuba dive, canoe, kayak, boat, water ski, jet ski, take a cruise or just relax on one of the beaches. As the weather changes and the leaves turn vibrant colors, many enjoy driving through the area taking in the scenic hues, while others take advantage of the cooler weather for hiking, horseback riding, biking and hunting. Should you want a different perspective of the area, hot air balloons and hang gliding will have you floating above the colorful canopy of the trees. As the snow begins, so does the cross country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, snowboarding, snow tubing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice skating. With the spring thaw, the rivers start raging and that is just fine for those who want to indulge in daring whitewater rafting. World class golf courses and horse racing are available for those who prefer a more sedate pace. Anglers know that any season is great for fishing in the Warren County borders. With all of this excitement, there are plenty of guides, tours, and outfitting services to help with any or all your activities.

After expending your energy all day, Warren County offers a full range of vacation rentals for all budgets where you can recuperate. Elegant five-star resorts, cozy bed and breakfast inns, lodges, cabins, campgrounds, RV parks and even a dude ranch are within minutes of any activity you choose. Private vacation home rentals are available and allow you to have a lakefront view of Glen Lake for your stay, should you choose. Meals and dining experiences are as varied and range from fine dining cuisine, family style meals, hearty breakfasts, to a romantic sunset dinner cruise.

Glen Lake and Warren County are truly an outdoor lover’s paradise. With four seasons of adventure and excitement, luxurious accommodations, and extraordinary culinary experiences, this is the one destination that will keep you coming back for more.

Things to do at Glen Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • Playground

Fish species found at Glen Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Glen Lake Protective Association, Inc.

    Surface Area: 320 acres

    Shoreline Length: 5 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 397 feet

    Average Depth: 18 feet

    Maximum Depth: 50 feet

    Trophic State: Oligotrophic

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    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.

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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:

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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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    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    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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    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.

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    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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    - 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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