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Carnegie Lake, Princeton

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Lake Carnegie is a reservoir that is formed from a dam on the Millstone River, in the far northeastern corner of Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey. The Delaware and Raritan Canal and its associated tow path are situated along the eastern shore of the lake. Noted businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated money for the construction of the lake, which was donated to Princeton University. In 1990, the Lake Carnegie Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The lake, which is privately owned, is used by the university's rowing team, and is home to the US Olympic rowing team. It is, however, available for public use for activities such as ice skating, fishing, and picnicking. Fish species include largemouth bass, carp, pickerel, crappie, channel catfish and occasionally a few rainbow and brown trout that make their way into Carnegie Lake from Stony Brook. Years of pollution have led to a dangerous decrease in the lake's safety levels. Efforts to improve the water quality of Carnegie Lake are ongoing.
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  • February 14, 2017
    This is a beautiful place to be whether you love the land or the water. Personally, I enjoy a good book on the water's edge and love to wait for Princeton's rowing team to appear. Peaceful waters and ...  more »
  • February 2, 2017
    pretty lake nice tow path to walk the length of the lake When rhe lake freezes it is great for ice skating  more »
  • January 7, 2017
    Not much to say....it's a lake....it's part of the area, a nice addition....can't think of much else to say though....  more »

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