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Canadarago Lake

Canadarago Lake

Richfield Springs (NY), 13439, United States

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Description Canadarago Lake is the second largest lake in Otsego County, New York, USA, lying to the west of and parallel to the larger Otsego Lake. The lake's name is also spelled "Candajarago Lake" or "Caniadaraga Lake".The lake has two islands. One island is known as Deowongo Island. The island's name is said to mean, "Place of Hearing", coming from the Oneida Iroquois nation’s language, and was given to the island because of the echo that was noticeable from that body of land. The island was protected in October 2012 and is currently open for public access. The other island is Loon Island which is a sunken island that disappeared in the early 19th century.Bordering areasCanadarago lake runs from the Village of Richfield Springs at the north end to the community of Schuyler Lake at the south end. The lake has historically also been known as Schuyler Lake, and the community mentioned earlier still bears this name.The northern end of the lake is in the Town of Richfield, and the southern end is in the Town of Exeter on the west and the Town of Otsego on the east.The lake is surrounded by hills, used historically for agriculture.GeographyThe lake is located at in central New York.Canadarago Lake is a dimictic lake surviving a previous glacial period. The lake is approximately 5mi long and 1.5mi wide. There is a small island near the eastern shore. The surface area is 7.6km2. The maximum depth is 13 meters (43 ft). The lake watershed drains 174km2. There is a sunken island on Canadarago Lake. It was called Loon Island. This island stood toward the north end of the lake toward the northwest side, near the Baker’s Beach area. Loon Island was less than an acre. It disappeared in the early part of the 19th Century.

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