Wolf Lake (New York)

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Wolf Lake is a lake located near Wurtsboro, New York. The spring-fed 340 acre lake is a 90-minute drive from New York CIty[1]


From the Wolf Lake, Inc. official site: "Early in 1940 six gentleman, soon to be joined by a seventh, purchased Wolf Lake and the surrounding woodlands and created several subdivisions for developing a summer fishing and boating retreat. Their concept and beliefs were simple: small cabins and bungalows built to be used during the summer. The result was a beautiful lake retreat that one could enjoy, feeling that they were here alone.

In 1970 a committee designed the plan to purchase the Lake from the founders. The residents at the time agreed to raise the money to purchase the lake by buying shares of stock in the corporation, which forever would be connected to their property. It was a well thought out corporation, which has worked well since its inception. In keeping with the founders dream Wolf Lake will continue to be Forever Wild."[2]

The focal point of the community, the Wolf Lake clubhouse, provides a strong communal atmosphere with social and recreational activities (pancake breakfast, annual picnic, swimming events, dinners, etc.) for seasonal or year-round members, both young and old. Certified personnel at the beach area provide swimming lessons. A caretaker lives on the premises year round.[3]


The lake has a ban on any gasoline-powered boats, which keeps the water quality at a good level. This means that swimming is allowed. Other water activities include sailboating, canoeing, rowing, and electric boating. As for fishing, the lake has sunfish, freshwater bass, pickerel, perch, pike, and bluegills. The surrounding woodlands are good for hiking, mountain biking, riding ATV's, and seasonal hunting. In the winter, the woods also offer snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.[4]

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Coordinates: 41°35′13″N 74°35′20″W / 41.58694°N 74.58889°W / 41.58694; -74.58889