Mohegan Lake, New York

Coordinates: 41°19′7″N 73°50′53″W / 41.31861°N 73.84806°W / 41.31861; -73.84806
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Mohegan Lake, New York
St. George's Church in Mohegan Lake (2016)
St. George's Church in Mohegan Lake (2016)
Location of Mohegan Lake, New York
Location of Mohegan Lake, New York
Coordinates: 41°19′7″N 73°50′53″W / 41.31861°N 73.84806°W / 41.31861; -73.84806
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total3.08 sq mi (7.98 km2)
 • Land2.89 sq mi (7.48 km2)
 • Water0.19 sq mi (0.50 km2)
522 ft (159 m)
 • Total5,896
 • Density2,042.26/sq mi (788.51/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code914
FIPS code36-40689
GNIS feature ID1852903

Lake Mohegan, commonly known as Mohegan Lake,[2][3][4][5] is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the Town of Yorktown in Westchester County, New York, United States.

There is a private[6][7] lake, Mohegan Lake,[8] also known as "Lake Mohegan",[9] with beaches[10] which are occasionally closed for swimming due to harmful algal blooms.[11][12]

The town was home to several former summer bungalow colonies in the 1950s and 1960s. They included the Skyview Colony and Lakeview Colony off U.S. Route 6.[13][14]


Mohegan Lake was named "Lake Mohegan" in 1859 by William Jones, who owned the Mount Pleasant Hotel on the eastern side of the lake.[15]

The Mohegan were a tribe of Native Americans once associated with the Pequot of easternmost Connecticut, who were pushed successively west to the area of the Housatonic River during the 17th and into the 18th century. There is no indication of them ever inhabiting northern Westchester County in the vicinity of Peekskill, or any other nearby area.

The change in syntax, reversing the modern community's name to "Mohegan Lake", dates back to the early 1970s, before which residents commonly referred to it as "Lake Mohegan", the name still used by the United States Census Bureau for the CDP.[16] The population in the 2010 Census was 6,010.


Mohegan Lake is located at 41°19′7″N 73°50′53″W / 41.31861°N 73.84806°W / 41.31861; -73.84806 (41.318568, -73.848029). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), of which 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 5.52%, is water.[17]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[18]

As of the census[19] of 2000, there were 5,979 people, 1,975 households, and 1,520 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,058.4 inhabitants per square mile (794.8/km2). There were 2,052 housing units at an average density of 706.5 per square mile (272.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.75% White, 6.89% African American, 0.33% Native American, 2.91% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.78% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or, Latino of any race were 9.70% of the population.

There were 1,975 households, out of which 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.7% had someone residing alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.8% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $80,719, and the median income for a family was $88,903. Males had a median income of $59,219 versus $39,648 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $29,945. About 3.5% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Historic places[edit]

St. George's Church, built in 1911-12 and designed by Hewett & Bottomley in the Romanesque Revival style, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 8, 2012.[20]

St. Mary Church has a marker commemorating cadets of the Mohegan Lake School, a military academy for boys from 1880 to 1934.[21] the church is the last reminder of the school's existence.


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  2. ^ Home, Field "Mohegan Lake" in Eisenstadt, Peter R. (2005) The Encyclopedia of New York State. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press. p.996. ISBN 9780815608080
  3. ^ Wright, David O. "An Illustrated History of Mohegan Lake Part 1". Yorktown History.
  4. ^ Wright, David O. "An Illustrated History of Mohegan Lake Part 2". Yorktown History.
  5. ^ Wright, David O. "An Illustrated History of Mohegan Lake Part 3". Yorktown History.
  6. ^ Prathima. "Private Beaches". Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mohegan Lake guide, moving to New York - StreetAdvisor". Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved June 17, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Lake Mohegan at Google Maps
  10. ^ "The Best 10 Beaches in Mohegan Lake, NY - Last Updated April 2018". Yelp. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Mohegan Lake Closed for Swimming After Reports of Harmful Algal Blooms". Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  12. ^ Berger, Joseph (August 19, 2007). "Workers' Paradise, and With a Nice View". The New York Times. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Brown, Betsy (March 8, 1987) "Use of Cottages for Homeless Sites Stirs Cortlandt Zoning Dispute" The New York Times
  14. ^ Shatgel, Baila Round (April 1, 1995). "Leftist Summer Colonies of Northern Westchester County, New York". American Jewish History. 83 (3): 337–358. JSTOR 23885514.
  15. ^ "An Illustrated History of Mohegan - Part 2". Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  16. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  18. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  19. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  20. ^ "Asset Detail: St. George's Church" National Register of Historic Places Database
  21. ^ "Mohegan Lake School World War I Memorial Historical Marker".

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