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Otsego Lake, Cooperstown

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Otsego Lake is a 4046acre lake located in Otsego County, New York and is the source of the Susquehanna River. The Village of Cooperstown is located at the lake's southern end. Glimmerglass State Park is located on the lake's northeastern shore, and includes Hyde Hall, a large mansion constructed in 1817 that overlooks the lake. Glimmerglass Opera is located on the western shore.The name Otsego is from a Mohawk or Oneida word meaning "place of the rock", referring to the large boulder near the lake's outlet, today known as "Council Rock".DescriptionOtsego Lake is long with a surface area of 4046acre. Its average depth is, with a maximum depth of. Portions of the lake are within the towns of Springfield, Middlefield and Otsego.It is geologically related to the Finger Lakes but is not counted among them. One difference is that Otsego Lake is situated at a higher elevation (1191ft) than the Finger Lakes (approximately 400ft).Council RockLocated near the shore of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown is Council Rock, a large boulder whose top is above the water's surface and can be seen from shore. At low water, the oval rock rises approximately above the water, and is about 9ft long by 6ft wide. It is believed to have been a meeting place for Native Americans prior to the American Revolutionary War.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The lake provides significant beauty to the areas that have been developed around its perimeter. The Otisaga Resort at one end, the Fenimore Museum and the Farmer's Museum across the street, Glimmergl...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    A beautiful lake, the town re-habed the lake front a bit, good. The west side of the lake is all built up, thank god the east side is still fairly pristine.  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    Beautiful lake but we couldn't find an easy way to drive up to close to the lake. Found a road that led to the lake which turned out to be the drive for a private country club. Probably from town it i...  more »

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