Yankee Lake Community Area
What would happen if homeowners around Yankee Lake stopped paying their dues? The dam would not be able to be maintained, and the State would force us to drain the lake.
Quiet, pristine Yankee Lake is a 410 acre man-made body of water located in New York State's Sullivan County (41°35'0 "N and 74°32'41"W), four miles west of Wurtsboro, on the top of the West Shawangunk Ridge in the scenic Catskill Mountains.
Rising 1430 feet above sea level, Yankee Lake is two-and-a-half miles long and varies from one to two miles wide. There are almost nine miles of shoreline. The lake is fed by small streams from the north and west, as well as springs under the lake. Although generally shallow (average of about eight feet), in the areas of the original pond and springs, the lake is thirty to forty feet deep.
According to legend, around 1800 a Yankee named Ellsworth used a canoe or dugout for hunting and fishing and kept it concealed near the shore of a large pond. Dutch hunters found the boat and named the body of water, "The Yankee's Pond." In over two centuries, Yankee Lake has always been known as an "outstanding fishin' hole." And indeed, today it still lives up to that reputation.
For more about the history of Yankee Lake, please go to the history link, and to learn more about the YLPA and the work we do to preserve the tranquil lake and its beautiful environs, take a trip around our web page. More questions? Please contact us.
News & Events 3/15/2017
Paint and Sip Party
The YLPA invites you to participate in a Paint & Sip Party on Saturday 8 July from 7-9 PM in the Clubhouse. This will be a two-hour painting party where you can BYOB and paint a Yankee Lake scene under the instruction and guidance of an artist from the Wallkill School of Art (http://www.wallkillriverschool.com). They will supply all materials and instruction! Cost is $30 per person.
The capacity is limited, so call soon to reserve your slot. Please call Liam Vogel (845) 457-2787 to register and pay by credit card.
New Clubhouse Gallery
Click here to download the New York State Black Bear Response Manual. (PDF)
- Yankee Lake Scorecard
- Yankee Lake Quality Summary
- YL Autumn Botanical Survey
- YL Summer Botanical Survey
Local News 3/14/2017
Spiders Eat 400-800 Million Tons of Prey Every Year
It has long been suspected that spiders are one of the most important groups of predators of insects. Zoologists at the University of Basel and Lund University in Sweden have now shown just how true this is – spiders kill astronomical numbers o...Read More