Delta Reservoir

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Delta Reservoir
Delta Lake, NY.JPG
View of Delta Reservoir, looking East.
Location Oneida County, New York
Coordinates 43°17′22″N 75°26′11″W / 43.28944°N 75.43639°W / 43.28944; -75.43639Coordinates: 43°17′22″N 75°26′11″W / 43.28944°N 75.43639°W / 43.28944; -75.43639
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Mohawk River, Potash Creek
Primary outflows Mohawk River
Basin countries United States
Islands 4

Delta Reservoir, is Located in Oneida County, New York, United States.[1] Most of the lake is within the southwest part of the Town of Western, north of Rome. The western part of the lake is in the Town of Lee.

Delta Lake State Park is located on a peninsula extending from the south shore of the lake.


The reservoir also offers great fishing. Fish species that are present in the reservoir are walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, rock bass, black bullhead, and yellow perch. There is a state owned access with two concrete ramps on the east shore in the state park off NY-46, five miles north of Rome, New York. There is parking for 70 trucks and trailers. There is also a marina on the lake.[2]


The reservoir was created by a dam on the Mohawk River, for which construction began in 1908. The dam is on the south side of the reservoir, southwest of the state park. Originally, the purpose of the reservoir was to guarantee sufficient water for the Erie Canal, however it today is used to control flooding in the Mohawk basin. The reservoir contains 2.7 million cubic feet (76,000 m3) of water.

The dam flooded the community of Delta, which was located on the west bank of the river. Most of the structures of the village were torn down and moved to new locations before the inundation.

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