About Yankee 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 1437 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.

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Topographic Map

Click the image below to go to Yankee Lake on Google Maps

Topographic Map of Yankee Lake


Click Here to Go to an Aerial View of Yankee Lake

News & Events 2/17/2018

Stay off the Ice!

As of President's Day weekend, the thickness of the ice on Yankee Lake has reduced dramatically, now measuring only two inches (2”) near the shore. This thickness is not safe for foot traffic or winter vehicles. 

Although we have returned to freezing temperatures this weekend, the forecast is to be above 60° by mid-week. Therefore, the plans for a Children’s Ice Fishing Contest for 24 February have been canceled. 

Be safe!


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