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 9/23/2015

Anne Thaw

Anne Thaw has passed. Click this link to view the obituary.

Black Bear

Click here to download the New York State Black Bear Response Manual. (PDF)

Water Quality

Reports on the water quality of Yankee Lake and an assessment of the plants in the Tail of the Whale are available for download. Click any of the four links below to access a downloadable PDF version of the report:

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Local News 10/9/2015

Mars once supported lakes of liquid water

A new study from the team behind NASA's Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity has confirmed that Mars was once, billions of years ago, capable of storing water in lakes over an extended period of time.Using data from the Curiosity rover, the team has...

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