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Chadwick Lake, Newburgh
(4.8/5 based on 35 reviews on the web)
Chadwick Lake is a reservoir supplying water to the Town of Newburgh, in Orange County, New York, United States, in which it is located. It is a man made lake created in 1926 on private property owned by the Chadwick family by damming Quassaick Creek. It was maintained for recreational purposes for 36 years. In 1962, it was purchased by the Town of Newburgh as a reservoir to supply the Town with water. In more recent years, its use as a water supply has been supplanted by the Delaware Aqueduct and so Chadwick Lake has reverted to its original function of a recreational facility. It is located immediately to the northwest of the junction of NY 32 and 300 in the Cronomer Valley section of the town. It is open to the public, and there are recreational facilities near the southern end.Most of the town's water is supplied today by New York City's Delaware Aqueduct, with the reservoir acting primarily as a backup. In the past, surplus water has been sold to private companies, and in 2006 to neighboring New Windsor during a water shortage there. At times, more often than not, the Town of Newburgh has relied exclusively on the Aqueduct since manganese levels in the lake give its waters a brownish tint. This is especially true since a new, state of the art water treatment plant at the Delaware Aqueduct went on line in early 2014.
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  • We had a beautiful walk around the lake on an autumn afternoon and it was ablaze with color. The terrain is reasonable flat with only 2 small uphills, but several benches along the way to rest on. 
  • The 4 mile walk around Chadwick Lake is always enjoyable, especially in the fall when the trees are a riot of color. Definitely worth getting the an annual pass if you are local. There are also small ...  more »
  • Chadwick Lake is a lovely park, including a large playground, lake, basketball courts and a 3-mile gravel and dirt trail around the lake, perfect for picnics, walks and just relaxing.