Yankee Lake Community Area
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 4/16/2019
Basketball Clinic 6 July
The new basketball court is almost done! The court was paved and striped last week, and additional topsoil is being tampered and grass seed spread. Construction fencing was replaced by temporary fencing on two sides of the court.
The asphalt is settling and will be ready for players in a few weeks. No vehicles can be parked there this season!
The opening date will be July 4. A signup form for the July 6 Basketball Clinic can be accessed here, and we encourage interested families to fill out the registration form by June 21 to help with our headcount and number of volunteer coaches.
Many members have stopped by to express their enthusiasm while the Basketball Court committee has been working, and we appreciate your understanding and patience a bit longer.
Doug Spranger made and edited a 5 minute video taken from his drone copter flying over Yankee Lake. This beautiful sequence was shot in high definition (1080 p), and can be viewed on YouTube at this link.Read More Read ALL