Otsego Lake, New York, USA

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All About Otsego Lake

Proclaimed to be one of the prettiest lakes in New York, Otsego Lake is loved by the residents who live there and those lucky enough to have visited. The lake has been immortalized by the author James Fenimore Cooper who based the setting of several of his novels at the lake he fictionalized as Glimmerglass Lake.

Otsego Lake was formed thousands of years ago by glaciers carving through the land and reaches a maximum depth of 160 feet. With views of forests and mountains this lake is a great family lake for boating, tubing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing. Well groomed beach and swimming areas for relaxing and watching the lake activity make the lake an inviting place to spend a few days. Nearby marinas and launching ramps provide easy access to this great lake. Fishing is fantastic with large populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead, cisco, Atlantic salmon, lake trout, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed, rock bass, walleye, lake whitefish, yellow perch and brown trout. Fishing guides and charters are available locally to ensure that your fishing trip ends with a memorable catch. During the cold frozen winter months, Otsego Lake is still a great playground with ice skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and winter hiking trails.

At the southern end of the lake is the town of Cooperstown, known for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cooperstown residents are fortunate to realize that Otsego Lake makes their town the perfect place to live. Residents who live along the lake front proudly maintain their homes and gardens to show their many visitors the beauty of their chosen hometown. The lake shoreline is well groomed to prevent erosion, and housing communities that dot the shore choose careful architecture to blend with the beauty and to preserve the lake. Real estate opportunities are available for those who wish to make their visit a permanent move.

Throughout the area, vacation rentals are available for a wide range of budgets. Campgrounds at Otsego Lake’s Glimmerglass State Park provide basic camping but nearby are bed and breakfasts, cozy inns, vacation homes, and motels. The lake front is a great place to stroll through Cooperstown as you visit the quaint shops, historic homes, waterside dining, and of course the Hall of Fame.

If you desire more beauty and attractions, Otsego Lake is located in the Central Leatherstocking Tourism Region of New York. Leatherstocking is in reference to James Fenimore Cooper’s fictional character who roamed the area in Cooper’s books. In this region, visitors can explore underground caverns, picnic by a sparkling waterfall, visit historic villages or relax and be spoiled at a spa. With vacation rentals to fit most budgets from camping, country inns, cabins, bed and breakfasts, and all inclusive lodges your visit can be as grand as you plan.

A great lake with a wide range of attractions is a perfect vacation choice. Why don’t you choose Otsego Lake soon?

Things to Do at Otsego Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Tubing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Waterfall
  • State Park
  • Playground

Fish Species Found at Otsego Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Brown Trout
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Cisco
  • Lake Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Whitefish
  • Yellow Perch

Find Places to Stay at Otsego Lake

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Recommended Sites to Book a Otsego Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Otsego Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Otsego Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Department of Environmental Conservation

Surface Area: 4,046 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,191 feet

Average Depth: 82 feet

Maximum Depth: 165 feet

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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