Black Lake, NY
The area of Black Lake encompasses many townships, but the big draw is the lake itself. This area is known for its fishing and its colony of cabins and cottages on the lake.
Black Lake is often referred to as “Nature’s Fish Hatchery.” It has more than 60 miles of shoreline, and water up to 40 feet deep. Each year from May to July the Panfish Marathon draws hundreds of participants who can fish for just a weekend, or the entire tournament. Catch a tagged fish to win cash and special prizes corresponding to the tag. There are restaurants along County Route 6 and NYS Route 58, as well as miniature golf course, ice cream stands, grocery store, tackle, souvenir and gift shops.
There is a large Amish population near Black Lake in the towns of Rossie, Heuvelton, DePeyster, and Macomb. The Amish roadside stands are bountiful troves of fresh seasonal produce, handmade baskets, quilted items and furniture.
In the village of Heuvelton, Pickens General Store carries Amish-made products as well as items the Amish would use in their everyday life. The store is located in Pickens Hall, which used to include an opera house on the third floor. Today the Heuvelton Historical Association is working to restore the theater to its original grandeur. It was the performance home to Jessie and Bessie Pickens, known to the world as the “Abbott Sisters” who performed in the late 1800s.
Black Lake is also near Morristown and Ogdensburg. Visitors can check out the Chapman Windmill in Morristown which was used as a look-out point during the War of 1812. In Ogdensburg, the Frederic Remington Art Museum is a great place for families, showing the works of one of America’s premier western and North Country artists, as well as home to Kid’s Place where children can explore the arts.
For more information visit the Black Lake Chamber of Commerce.
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