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Dryden Lake in New York

Trip Overview

Dryden Lake is a small town park and a State Wildlife Management Area. The lake is small so the state doesn't allow motors. In the warm weather, vegetation mats the lake. Lots of opportunities for bird watchers as many geese, herons, osprey, swallows, etc. nest along the lake. Several species of turtles sun themselves on the logs. Beavers can be seen also. You can picnic at the lake on one of several picnic tables. There is a play area for kids. You can paddle the entire circumference of this small lake in about two hours. This lake is good if you want to take it slowly and study the plants and animals. Then, if you feel like getting some leg exercise, the park has a hiking, biking, trail set up on the old railroad bed. You can walk for 4 miles one way. A great small lake that has it all. Great fishing for bass, perch and pickerel. This is a picture perfect place.


There are several picnic tables, a play area for kids, 2 fishing decks, bathrooms, and a hiking and biking trail on the abandoned railroad tracks. There is also a free boat launch. Remember, this is a no-motor lake.


From Ithaca, NY, take either Route 13 east or Route 366 east to the junction with Route 13 east. Continue on Route 13 east to the stoplight in Dryden, NY. When Route 13 goes north, turn south (right) onto Route 38 south. Stay on Route 38 south for 2.1 miles, and then turn left onto Chaffee Road. Chaffee Road dead-ends on West Lake Road in 0.3 mile. Turn left onto West Lake Road, cross the bridge over the outlet stream, and the boat access is on the right, just 0.1 mil from Chaffee Road.


USCG Quadrangle:Dryden, New York Atlas: Map 47. 120 acres.

  • Sport/Activity: Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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