Lake Pleasant (New York)

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Lake Pleasant
LocationAdirondack Park, Hamilton County, New York, US
Coordinates43°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 inflowsSacandaga Lake Outlet, Sucker Brook, Cherry Brook
Primary outflowsSacandaga River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length4 mi (6.4 km)
Max. width1 mi (1.6 km)
Average depth29 feet (8.8 m)
Max. depth62 feet (19 m)
Shore length19.6 miles (15.4 km)
Surface elevation1,475 feet (450 m)[1]
SettlementsLake 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 (6.4 km) long and about one mile (1.6 km) wide with its length oriented in an approximate northeast to southwest direction, the widest part 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 houses. 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 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 a 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, OCLC 61449593