Henderson Lake (New York)

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Henderson Lake
Brooklyn Museum - Lake Henderson, Adirondacks - Charles Day Hunt - overall.jpg
Henderson Lake circa 1881
Location Newcomb, Essex County, New York
Coordinates 44°05′30″N 074°04′00″W / 44.09167°N 74.06667°W / 44.09167; -74.06667Coordinates: 44°05′30″N 074°04′00″W / 44.09167°N 74.06667°W / 44.09167; -74.06667
Lake type Natural lake
Primary inflows Indian Pass Brook, Santononi Brook, Harkness Brook
Primary outflows Hudson River
Basin countries United States
Lake Henderson looking north northwest towards Wallface Mountain
Henderson Lake circa 1914

Henderson Lake is a lake in the Adirondack mountains in the town of Newcomb, Essex County, New York in the United States. It was named in 1826 after David Henderson, one of the founders of the Elba Iron Works near Lake Placid, New York,[1] and of the Upper Works at Tahawus, New York.[2] The lake is mainly cited by cartographers as the place where the Hudson River as named officially begins, flowing out of the eastern end and outlet of the lake, although the source of the river is usually traced up Indian Pass Brook and other watercourses to Lake Tear of the Clouds.[3]

The Hudson River flowing out of Henderson Lake in Tahawus


  1. ^ Donaldson pp. 137.
  2. ^ Donaldson pp. 137-138.
  3. ^ "Natural History of the Hudson River". Hhr.highlands.com. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 


  • Donaldson, Alfred Lee. "A history of the Adirondacks, volume 1". The Century Co. New York, 1921.
  • Stanne, Stephen P., Panetta, Roger G., and Forist, Brian E. "The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River". Rutgers University Press, 1996.