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Lake Placid
Lake Placid.jpg
View from the gondola on Whiteface Mountain
Location Adirondack Mountains, Essex County, New York, US
Type Reservoir
Basin countries United States
Surface area 2,170 acres (8.8 km2)
Average depth 50 ft (15 m)
Surface elevation 1,857 ft (566 m)
Islands Buck Island, Moose Island, Hawk Island
Settlements Lake Placid

The body of water named Lake Placid is a lake in the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York, the United States. It is on the northern side of the Village of Lake Placid.


The lake is approximately 2,170 acres (8.8 km2), and has an average depth of about 50 feet (15 m). It is located in the towns of North Elba and St. Armand, both in Essex County.

There are three islands on Lake Placid, named Buck, Moose, and Hawk.


The lake borders the northern part of the village of Lake Placid, and is a source of drinking water for the town. Maintaining water quality in the lake is a major local issue. The lake is fed by springs and Adirondacks mountain streams. There are nearly 300 houses on the lake shore. Because most of the houses are unoccupied much of the year, the water usually remains clean.

Local efforts to combat aquatic invasive species have been successful. They are supported by a boat cleaning station where powerboats are put into the water.

The lake has produced record lake trout.

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