Otsego Lake, New York, USA
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Otsego Lake NY visitor and community guide
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?
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Things to do at Otsego Lake NY
- Vacation Rentals
- Ice Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Cabin Rentals
- Ice Skating
- State Park
Fish species found at Otsego Lake NY
- Black Bass
- Brown Bullhead
- Brown Trout
- Chain Pickerel
- Lake Trout
- Largemouth Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
- Yellow Perch
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Otsego Lake NY 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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