Lake Pleasant (New York)

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Lake Pleasant
Location Adirondack Park, Hamilton County, New York, US
Coordinates 43°28′46″N 74°22′47″W / 43.4795°N 74.3798°W / 43.4795; -74.3798Coordinates: 43°28′46″N 74°22′47″W / 43.4795°N 74.3798°W / 43.4795; -74.3798
Primary inflows Sacandaga Lake Outlet, Sucker Brook, Cherry Brook
Primary outflows Sacandaga River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 4 mi (6.4 km)
Max. width 1 mi (1.6 km)
Average depth 29 feet (8.8 m)
Max. depth 62 feet (19 m)
Shore length1 9.6 miles (15.4 km)
Surface elevation 1,475 feet (450 m)[1]
Islands 1
Settlements Lake Pleasant, New York
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Pleasant is a lake located in the Adirondack Park in New York in the United States. The lake is in the town of Lake Pleasant in Hamilton County.

The lake is about four miles long and about one mile wide with its length oriented in an approximate northeast to southwest direction, with the widest part being at the northeast end. The village of Speculator is at its northern tip, and the hamlet of Lake Pleasant, the county seat, is by the western end. NY Route 8 traverses the north side of the lake, and South Shore Road goes around the south part.

Lake Pleasant is linked to Sacandaga Lake by the Sacandaga Outlet, a small stream that passes under Route 8. The Sacandaga River drains Lake Pleasant and flows out the northern end by Speculator.

The lake is ringed with seasonal and year-round domiciles. A public beach is at the north end in Speculator. Most commercial development is found along Route 8 and adjacent to Speculator, while the area along South Shore Road is primarily residential.


Fish species present in the lake are smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, rainbow trout, brown trout, rock bass, chain pickerel, sunfish, and black bullhead. There is a state owned public hand launch on the north shore near the outlet and also navigable channel from Sacandaga Lake.[2]


  1. ^ "Lake pleasant" (PDF). nysdec. 1998. Retrieved 10 May 2017. data
  2. ^ Sportsman's Connection (Firm) (2011-01-01), Central Southeastern Adirondacks New York fishing map guide: includes lakes & streams for the following counties: Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, Washington., Sportsman's Connection, ISBN 9781885010667, retrieved 2017-05-09