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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. 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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  • 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.... 
  • It was exciting to watch the Princeton invitational regatta but hard to get a good place to watch from the banks of the river. Go early and secure a place on the bridge near the finish line for the be...  more »
  • the first business is rawing. I was kayaking to get some fresh air in the summer. You can obserb nice housing on the lake share. It is possible to rent kayak or canoe at Alexander roas 
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  • Really beautiful scenic walk along a dam.
  • Man made lake used primarily by Princeton University rowing team. Home to wide variety of water birds - Egrets, blue herons. The water is polluted due to run offs.
  • I like to go to the lake on the weekends to relax, feed the ducks and watch people with their canoes having a friendly fishing competition.