Mirror Lake, New York, USA

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Mirror Lake is located in the High Peaks area of New York’s Adirondacks, just south of the more famous Lake Placid. The Village of Lake Placid surrounds Mirror Lake, with the famed Lake Placid Olympic Center Complex a short distance from the shore. A vital part of the resort community, Mirror Lake’s 128 acres of serene water serve as a backdrop for a number of exquisite lakefront properties and the majestic High Peaks for which the area is famous. The names and elevations of the 46 mountain peaks are emblazoned on the cobblestones of the pathway around the lake.

The area around Mirror Lake has been a resort playground of the well-to-do since the late 1800s. Lake Placid twice hosted the Winter Olympics, bringing the variety of winter sports venues in the area into the wider public eye. Now the world knows of the joys of the Lake Placid area and Mirror Lake. Visitors arrive in all seasons from the four corners of the world to enjoy everything Mirror Lake has to offer.

Part of the reason for Mirror Lake’s serenity is that it is a ‘no-motors’ lake- no gasoline motors, that is. Electric boats are allowed and can be rented along the shore, as can paddle-boats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, hydro-bikes, stand-up paddle-boards, and sailboats. Mirror Lake is deserving of its name, with the surrounding peaks mirrored on the surface. The lake is exceptionally clean and clear, with some of the highest-quality water in the Adirondacks. Water quality is carefully monitored and guarded by the Mirror Lake Watershed Association. Swimming is a favorite activity, whether enjoyed from the public beach, resorts, or private homes. In fact, the Annual Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid Triathlon uses Mirror Lake for its swimming course.

Mirror Lake is a favorite among fishermen. Here anglers can choose to fish for smallmouth bass, lake trout, rainbow trout, pumpkinseed, yellow perch and rock bass. A New York fishing license is required, and all fishing regulations must be observed. Because the lake holds lake trout, ice fishing isn’t permitted. The ice-covered lake sees plenty of use for other activities, though. Skating is always a favorite, and dog sledding across the ice is a special treat. One area toboggan run actually extends out onto the ice. The nearby area is generously supplied with cross-country ski trails, hiking and mountain biking paths and winter sports destinations, including the famous Whiteface Ski Area. Winter sports are just as popular as the summer variety, with many sledding, snowboarding, snowmobiling and dog sledding areas nearby.

Although the shoreline of Mirror Lake is extensively developed, the lake itself never appears crowded. Visitors and residents also enjoy outdoor activities in the surrounding Adirondack Park. Over six million acres are preserved in the combined State Park, National Park, Forest Preserves and private lands under conservation agreement. The Park offers plenty of room for hiking, camping, canoeing, hunting, fishing, trapping, snowmobiling, skiing, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The wooded forest preserve is home to black bear, white tailed deer, common loons, mergansers, bald eagles, beavers, coyotes, fishers, bobcats and a variety of smaller mammals and birds. Nature lovers often plan a stay at Mirror Lake just to be near the wide range of wildlife watching opportunities.

All types of vacation rentals exist along Mirror Lake’s sandy shore. Some private residences can be rented seasonally, while resorts offer accommodations ranging from somewhat rustic to luxurious. Some of the most delightful are built and decorated in the style of the Great Camps for which the Adirondacks are known. The heavy log beams, stone fireplaces and covered lakeside porches are the true trademark of Adirondack style. The Village of Lake Placid offers many quaint shops selling artisan crafts and specialty items. The local mall provides higher-end shopping, while grocery stores, movie theaters and necessary services are all within easy reach. Lake Placid offers the finest selection of restaurants and fine dining in the Adirondacks. Many resorts feature world-famous chefs and spa facilities.

Camping directly on Mirror Lake isn’t available, but the nearby Adirondack Park offers any number of campsites, both rustic and with amenities.Those looking for available real estate can choose from lakefront or lakeview, small or large. Condos and townhouses are available in several nearby exclusive developments, providing just the right property to meet your needs. One visit will likely convince you that Mirror Lake is where you want to spend your vacations, your weekends and your future. The view of the High Peaks and the pristine lake will convince you that you’ve found home. Come home to Mirror Lake.

Things to do at Mirror Lake NY

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Biking
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Tobogganing
  • Dog Sledding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • National Park
  • Playground
  • Movie Theater
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Mirror Lake NY

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Yellow Perch

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Mirror Lake NY Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 128 acres

Shoreline Length: 3 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,857 feet

Average Depth: 14 feet

Maximum Depth: 60 feet

Trophic State: Oligotrophic

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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".

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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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