Lake Colden

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Lake Colden
Mount Colden from Lake Colden near the Interior Outpost.jpg
Lake and Mount Colden from near the Interior Outpost
Location Essex County, New York, United States
Coordinates 44°07′21″N 073°58′45″W / 44.12250°N 73.97917°W / 44.12250; -73.97917Coordinates: 44°07′21″N 073°58′45″W / 44.12250°N 73.97917°W / 44.12250; -73.97917
Primary inflows Avalanche Lake
Primary outflows Flowed Lands
Basin countries United States
Max. length 0.5 miles (0.80 km)
Max. width 0.15 miles (0.24 km)
Surface area 41 acres (17 ha)
Surface elevation 2,764 ft (842 m)
Islands none

Lake Colden is a 41-acre (17 ha) lake located in the Adirondack High Peaks in New York, USA. Lake Colden sits at 2764 feet (842 meters) at the western base of 4,714-foot (1,437 m) Mount Colden. To the northwest lie the MacIntyre Mountains— 5,115-foot (1,559 m) Algonquin Peak (the second highest mountain in the state), 4829-foot (1472 meter) Boundary Peak, 4,843-foot (1,476 meter) Iroquois Peak and 4,380-foot (1,335 meters) Mount Marshall. Mount Marcy is 2.8 miles (4.5 km) to the east. Lake Colden is fed by Avalanche Lake, to the northeast and in turn feeds Flowed Lands, to the southwest.

Being in the heart of the High Peaks, the area is very popular with hikers.[1] The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation maintains an Interior Outpost on the western shore. There are a number of campsites and lean-tos in the area.

Lake Colden was named after David C. Colden in 1836; Colden was an investor in the Tahawus iron works of Archibald MacIntyre.[2]



  1. ^ Langdon, Stephen F, Assessment of Overnight User Behavior in the High Peaks Wilderness Area: Strategies for Trend Analysis
  2. ^ McMartin, Barbara and Bill Ingersoll, Discover the Adirondack High Peaks, Canada Lake, NY: Lake View Press, 1989. ISBN 1-888374-21-7.