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Otsego Lake may be 10 miles long, but the sparkling body of water
creates millions of pleasant memories.
Easily one of the prettiest lakes in New York state, Otsego Lake offers
myriad swimming, fishing, boating and other recreational opportunities.
Many, however, know that just sitting on a bench and marveling at the
clean, placid waters will do just fine.
For those who live in Cooperstown, the lake would be enough to make
Cooperstown a great place to live. Add beautiful homes and
neighborhoods, refreshing mountain air, and one of the most appealing
Main Streets in America and the combination is hard to beat. For those
coming to Cooperstown, this splendid mix is enough to consider "making
the move" to a kinder, gentler land.
A great introduction to Otsego Lake starts at the end of Lake St., near
Lakefront Park. Take the steep stairs to the Clinton Dam, a wonderfully
serene area where the beginning of the Susquehanna River meets Otsego
Lake. With a small park area -- perfect for sunning, and an an
incredibly peaceful aura, the Clinton Dam, while not a well-known spot
to tourists, is highly recommended as a great example of Cooperstown
Otsego Lake from Council Rock Park in Cooperstown.
The absolutely tranquil Lakefront Park, with a multi-level stretch of
park land and stunning views of Otsego Lake, is just a short walk from
the Clinton Dam (going from Lake Street to either Lower Fair St. or
Lower Pioneer St.). The walk down to Lakefront Park is a treasure with
beautiful gardens in front of splendid lakeside homes. At Lakefront
Park, you can sit on a bench and see that Otsego Lake is more than just
a body of water. It represents a way of life for Cooperstown residents
who appreciate the beauty of their town.
Otsego Lake at
A great way to appreciate this grand lake is
taking an hour tour on the The Glimmerglass Queen Tour Boat , which
departs from Lakefront Park, en route to a wonderfully relaxing tour of
Otsego Lake and views of all the great rolling hills and
Glimmerglass State Park, 10 minutes out of Cooperstown Village and at
the other end of Lake Otsego, is a model of how state parks should be
run. Clean, well-maintained and ultimately beautiful, Glimmerglass
State Park has a fine swimming beach in the summer, great cross country
skiing and vast open land to roam any time of the year. The fresh air
is enough to make one want to move instantly to this region.
Glimmerglass State Park.
Next to Glimmerglass State Park is the beautiful Hyde Hall. Hyde Hall
promotional literature accurately says it all: "Hyde Hall is a stunning
reminder of a bygone American era when families of English aristocracy
established vast estates in the former colonies. The house itself may
well be the finest example of neoclassic country mansions anywhere in
America. Roger Kennedy of the Smithsonian writes that Hyde Hall is "a
great house, architecturally, and a social document of the first
importance." The late former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan called Hyde
Hall "one of the most remarkable buildings in America."
Otsego Lake, on its own, makes for a great Cooperstown vacation. Every
inch of the lake is ripe for fond memories, but that is no surprise
--Otsego Lake is just "reflective" of what makes Cooperstown such a
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