Echo Lake (New York)

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Looking southwest across Echo Lake

Echo Lake is a mountain lake within the Indian Head Wilderness of the Catskill Mountains, located in the valley between the two mountains Plattekill and Overlook, near Woodstock, New York, United States of America. Coordinates: 42°5′46″N 74°5′25″W / 42.09611°N 74.09028°W / 42.09611; -74.09028

Echo Lake was historically named Shens Lake in state law defining the borders of Ulster County, circa. 1777-1801,[1] or Shoes Lake in the Beer's 1875 Ulster County Atlas.[2]

Description[edit]

It carries many species of game fish, fowl, and amphibians. It also has a lean-to shelter for campers. Access is by an 8-mile hiking trail, starting around Platte Clove Preserve (County Route 16) up the Old Overlook Road and then around Plattekill Mountain to a junction culminating in a half-mile section called Echo Lake Trail. Another route starts at the top of Mead's Mountain in Woodstock, NY; it is remote by most campground standards with no hookups or facilities.

Echo Lake is also the Source of the Sawkill River, the main body of water which runs through Woodstock.

The psychedelic folk-pop band Woods named their 2009 release, At Echo Lake, in its honor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Definition of Border of Ulster County, NY, Laws of the state of New York passed at the sessions of the Legislature held in the years 1777 [to 1801], p. 292". Laws of the state of New York passed at the sessions of the Legislature held in the years 1777 [to 1801]. 
  2. ^ "Map Of Woodstock, Beer's Ulster County Atlas, 1875, p. 25". Beer's Ulster County Atlas, 1875.