Blue Lake (New York) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBlue Lake
|Sterling Forest Lake|
|Location||Orange County, New York|
|Part of||Ramapo River Watershed|
|Primary outflows||Ringwood River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||115 acres (0.47 km2)|
|Max. depth||26 ft (7.9 m)|
|Shore length1||2.3 mi (3.7 km)|
|Surface elevation||650 ft (200 m)|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
Blue Lake, also called Sterling Forest Lake, is located in Sterling Forest State Park, New York. The lake contains a number of fish species including Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel and Panfish. Fishing is permitted and the lake has a boat launch, but no gas motors are allowed.
As of 2018, the Blue Lake Reservoir System, operated by SUEZ North America (formerly United Water), supplies drinking water from Blue Lake to about 1200 people.
Blue Lake was created in 1956 when the stream originating at Little Cedar Pond to the northwest was dammed, inundating the area. In 1960, the International Nickel Company (INCO) purchased property overlooking the lake where they built a facility. That facility, which ceased operation in the late 1980s, included a headquarters office and a research center called the Paul D. Merica Laboratory. After remaining vacant for decades, the old INCO facility was replaced in 2016 by the newly constructed world headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses. The only other facility adjacent to Blue Lake is owned by IBM. Originally built in the early 1970s, it now hosts a business continuity and recovery center.
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