Peach Lake, New York, USA

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Also known as:  Peach Pond

One of the best suburban neighborhoods outside of the New York City area surrounds little Peach Lake. Once a popular summer getaway location, the neighborhoods surrounding Peach Lake have matured into primarily year-round homes occupied by families who appreciate the scenic lake vistas. In earlier days, this little spring-fed lake 50 miles north of New York City in Westchester and Putnam Counties used to greet hundreds of weekend summer visitors to enjoy a large beach, boating, and a variety of commercial amusements. Those days, like the excursion trains that brought the fun-seekers, are long gone. In their stead, a new crop of daily commuters into the big city enjoys quiet evenings beneath mature shade trees and the joys of lakefront living.

There is no public beach at Peach Lake any longer. Instead, several of the housing development associations maintain private beaches for their members where they can enjoy sun and sand. Most also have clubhouses and playgrounds available for their members. Other lakefront homeowners can swim from their private docks, water ski, wakeboard, pontoon, canoe, kayak and generally enjoy life on the water. Although some areas along the three-mile shoreline are densely developed, a portion remains in farmland fields and horse pasture. Many of the former summer cottages have been rebuilt as larger, year-round homes. Although the housing holds a number of retirees, the majority are middle-class families who take the commuter rail-line to Danbury, CT, Stamford, CT, upper Westchester County or New York City daily for work. Peach Lake’s quiet neighborhoods are the perfect place to raise children who can enjoy the water daily, with all of the advantages of the big city only an hour away.

Fishing has always been popular at Peach Lake. The water holds chain pickerel, largemouth bass, rock bass, perch, black crappie, smallmouth bass, bluegill and panfish. In winter, ice shanties appear to keep the hardy ice anglers warm until time to go home for dinner. Non-residents attempt to wangle an invitation to fish Perch Lake from any homeowner of their acquaintance. Because the lake has no public access, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation does not stock the lake. All state fishing regulations are in effect, however, and a state fishing license is necessary.

Peach Lake’s name seems unusual as there are no peach orchards in the area. Seventeenth century Dutch records show that the Native American tribes in the area lived in a village called Pehquenakonck next to the lake. The earlier name of Peach Pond likely was a derivative of the native word, Pech-Quen. This area of New York originally was within colonial Connecticut’s boundaries. The dispute between the colonies of Connecticut and New York in 1683 resulted in a land trade in which New York got the strip of land called the ‘Oblong’ in return for the Connecticut panhandle. The area was farmland for much of its long, settled history. Early farm families built a Quaker Meeting House at the lake. It wasn’t until after the turn of the 20th century that Peach Lake became a recreational destination complete with cottages and campgrounds. Today, four large housing developments hold much of the lakeshore: Bloomerside, Vails, Pietsch Gardens and Northern Westchester Country Club. A golf course nearby serves to keep the golfers happy.

Peach Lake has no inflowing permanent streams and only one outlet. The Peach Lake Outlet flows into the East Branch of the Croton River. The lake isn’t dammed, but a small water control weir crosses the outlet. Peach Lake is now part of the Croton Reservoir System supplying New York City. The reservoir system controls many of the shoreline acres within the watershed to protect the water supply. Because issues arose in recent years from deteriorating home septic systems, a sewer system was recently installed to improve water quality. Volunteers monitor water quality through a loose association with the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP). Currently, the association members of CSLAP are working to identify areas of concern for invasive species and control the spread of hydrilla. Without public boat access, Peach lake is somewhat protected from infestation, but members are busily educating homeowners just in case.

Life may be quiet at Peach Lake, but residents are never far from more exciting locations. The lake lies within two towns: North Salem in Westchester County and Brewster in Putnam County. Anything more substantial than what is available at the few convenience-type stores around the lake can be found in these bigger towns, along with restaurants and services. Danbury, CT is only 10 miles away and has a variety of interesting sights to see and things to do. Tarrywile Park has numerous hiking trails which are particularly attractive during the autumn color season. Danbury Railway Museum has a good selection of old train equipment and offers seasonal train rides that are of special interest to young children. The Elephants Trunk Flea Market is considered one of the best in the state and is an enjoyable place to locate unusual and hard-to-find items any Sunday spring through fall. And the Military Museum of Southern New England will fascinate all history buffs with its tours of old military equipment.

Those who wish to vacation at Peach Lake will need to find a private owner who will rent their property for a week or so. Sometimes homeowners rent a single room to visitors. Nearby in Brewster and the surrounding countryside, there are a number of bed & breakfasts, small inns and other forms of lodgings to be found. As Peach Lake is near the confluence of highways I-84 and I-684, there are many large chain hotels nearby. Many small lakes in this area contain guest cottages and campgrounds. There is always something happening in the area to engage every family member. If you cant live here year-round, at least come for a visit.

Things to do at Peach Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Golf
  • Campground
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Museum
  • Playground

Fish species found at Peach Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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Peach Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Surface Area: 109 acres

Shoreline Length: 3 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 530 feet

Average Depth: 12 feet

Maximum Depth: 24 feet

Water Residence Time: 1.4 years

Drainage Area: 2 sq. miles

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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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.

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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.

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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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