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Blue Mountain Lake
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Blue Mountain Lake from Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain Lake is located in New York Adirondack Park
Blue Mountain Lake
Blue Mountain Lake
Location in New York Adirondack Park
Blue Mountain Lake is located in the United States
Blue Mountain Lake
Blue Mountain Lake
Location in the United States
Location Adirondacks, Indian Lake, Hamilton County, New York, US
Coordinates 43°51′43″N 74°27′25″W / 43.862°N 74.457°W / 43.862; -74.457
Type Lake
Primary outflows Marion River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Max. width 1.25 mi (2.01 km)
Surface area 1,334 acres (540 ha)
Average depth 46 ft (14 m)
Max. depth 100 ft (30 m)
Shore length1 8.5 mi (13.7 km)
Surface elevation 1,790 ft (550 m)
Islands 10
Long Island
Osprey Island
Settlements Blue Mountain Lake (hamlet)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Blue Mountain Lake is a 1,334-acre (540 ha) lake in Hamilton County in the central Adirondacks. Blue Mountain Lake is the eastern end of the Eckford chain of lakes. It is located west of Blue Mountain. The hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake lies on its southeastern shore and the Adirondack Museum looks down from high above its eastern shore. It has been a popular vacation destination since the mid-19th century.


Fish species in the lake include lake trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon and smelt. There is only fee access at two private marina launches in the village of Blue Mountain Lake. There are also boat rentals available.


The Blue Mountain Lake House was built in 1874 by John G. Holland. Soon after, an earlier resident, Miles Tyler Merwin, enlarged his log cabin on a spur of Blue Mountain overlooking the lake into the Blue Mountain house; the Log Hotel is now on the grounds of the Adirondack Museum. In 1881, Frederick C. Durant, cousin of William West Durant, built the Prospect House, the most luxurious hotel then existing in the Adirondacks; it was the first hotel in the world to have electric light in every room.

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