Indian Lake, New York, USA

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Surrounded by the grandeur of the Adirondack Mountains, Indian Lake, in northern New York’s Adirondack Vacation region, is a 4,365-acre lake well known for its year round attractions. With a southwest to northeast orientation in the hamlets of Indian Lake and Lake Pleasant in Hamilton County, Indian Lake has 49 miles of shoreline and offers the very best in fishing, boating, swimming, and opportunities to explore numerous islands, coves and mountains. Lake level is controlled by Indian Lake’s current (third) dam, first built in 1898. Before being dammed, the valley was home to a chain of three small lakes.

Indian Lake Islands Campground run by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a number of island and mainland campsites and several day-use areas. All campsites have picnic tables, fireplaces and restroom facilities. Island campsites can only be reached by boat. A modern boat launch is located on the campground and boat rentals are available. Lake Islands Campground fills up fast so make your reservations early. Additional camping can be found across the highway at Lewey Lake Campground. Lewey Lake provides a swimming beach and hot showers for both campgrounds which share facilities. In addition to campgrounds, there are several cabin, lodge and vacation rentals available in the Indian Lake area. Indian Lake has an elevation is 1,650 feet so be prepared for chilly nights even during the summer months.

In the spring, white water rafting trips on the upper Hudson River are an exciting way to take in the scenery along miles of exhilarating fast moving water. Power boats, sailboats, rowboats, and canoes are allowed on Indian Lake for pleasure and fishing. Anglers can look forward to catching lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, rock bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, smelt, brown bullheads, yellow perch, sunfish, white sucker, lake whitefish, and northern pike.

From the shores of Indian Lake rise many spectacular mountains. Snowy Mountain, at 3,903 feet, has a trail to its summit from which a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside can be seen. Indian Lake, nearby Blue Mountain Lake and the town of Sabael are in an area referred to as Adirondack Park, a 6 million acre natural sanctuary of public and private land which covers nearly a third of New York State. Paved roads and dirt trails will take nature enthusiast to the tops of Baldface Mountain, John Mack Pond and Dug Mountain Brook Falls. East of the lake is Chimney Mountain know for its fascinating geology as well as caves and crevices for experienced spelunkers.

The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake is located 27 miles north of Indian Lake and showcases the history of the Adirondack Mountains and the Adirondack Park. The hamlet of Indian Lake is located 2 miles north of the north end of Indian Lake and offers restaurants, shops and galleries. The Town of Indian Lake Museum, housed in a historic village homestead, is full of interesting exhibits, history and lore. Golf courses can be found in the villages of Indian Lake and Inlet. The village of Speculator is 12 miles away with shopping and restaurants.

For winter fun, Indian Lake is located between two great ski areas, Gore Mountain in North Creek with a gondola, and Oak Mountain Center in the village of Speculator. You can also ski at the Indian Lake Village Ski Area which has a T-bar lift, downhill slopes and a skating rink. Snowmobiles are always welcome along with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, snowboarding, ice skating, and of course ice fishing.

Animal lovers will see white tailed deer, black bear, raccoons, and maybe even a moose or two. Moose are often spotted walking along roads and trails near Indian Lake. The town of Indian lake calls itself the moose capital of New York.

Autumn may be Indian Lake’s most popular season. Many festivals take place as the leaves turn to red, orange and gold. The stunning foliage and crisp air are the perfect backdrop for hiking, biking and fishing. Opportunities for hunters also abound this time of year.

Whether you’re planning a winter, spring, summer or fall vacation, Indian Lake, with its ideal location between forests, lakes, and mountains, is a perfect retreat for the entire family.

Things to do at Indian Lake NY

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Spelunking
  • Biking
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Tobogganing
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Museum
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Indian Lake NY

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Smelt
  • Sucker
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Whitefish
  • Yellow Perch

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Indian Lake NY Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Surface Area: 4,365 acres

Shoreline Length: 49 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,650 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 1,615 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 1,651 feet

Average Depth: 39 feet

Maximum Depth: 85 feet

Water Volume: 170,235 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1898

Water Residence Time: 0.9 years

Drainage Area: 131 sq. miles

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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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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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

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.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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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.

You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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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.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

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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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

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.

You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

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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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

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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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

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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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

You can find many of the world's highest-elevated lakes on LakeLubbers. Lakes with the lowest elevations (known by LakeLubbers) are shown on the final page of that list.


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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

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.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

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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