Glen Lake, New York, USA
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Glen Lake visitor and community guide
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.
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Things to do at Glen Lake
- Vacation Rentals
- Ice Fishing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Scuba Diving
- Cabin Rentals
- Ice Skating
- Downhill Skiing
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Horseback Riding
Fish species found at Glen Lake
- Black Bass
- Brown Bullhead
- Chain Pickerel
- Largemouth Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
- Yellow Perch
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Glen Lake statistics & helpful links
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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