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Loon Lake

Updated on July 12, 2011
Loon Lake, In the New York State Adirondacks
Loon Lake, In the New York State Adirondacks | Source
A Loon on Loon Lake at Sunset
A Loon on Loon Lake at Sunset | Source
Loon Lake
Loon Lake | Source

The best summer getaway to beat the heat in New York State is Loon Lake, in the Adirondack mountains. The air is so cool, so crisp, so clean...It's wonderful to get away from the city and breathe in the pine-scented air of the mountains surrounding Loon Lake.

Loon Lake has these additional advantages: it's accessible, it has boating, sailing, camping, cabins, swimming, all kinds of water sports, all kinds of summer fun for the kids, to recommend it. There are hiking trails all around the lake, with breathtaking views of Loon Lake, set like a sapphire in the palm of the forrest's hand.


It has loons! Loons are these marvelous birds that look like ducks and sound like nothing else you've ever heard. Their haunting cry is unforgettable once heard.

The Call of the Loons

Loon Lake is part of the Adirondack Park, and part of the large 2.3 million acres of Forest Preserve, constitutionally protected against development. This preservation of wildlife habitat and clean watershed is critical, and becomes even more critical, as our natural resources of clean air and clean water are befouled, polluted and used up.

That is much of the reason Loon Lake is at the very top of my list of summer getaway destinations. The whole area is so completely unspoiled! Loon Lake is WONDERFUL to canoe across--if you want to rest for a few minutes, there are two islands, Blythewood Island and Khachadourian Island, which are heavily wooded arms of land, about in the middle of the largest part of Loon Lake. You can envision being back in the days of the first explorers. You might expect the Last of the Mohicans to appear; or the Deerslayer to come out of the woods at any moment. It's so magical, so very beautiful.

To my mind, one of the HUGE plusses about Loon Lake, is that powerboats are banned. There is no whine of motors roaring across the lake, creating a wake to swamp your canoe and scaring all the wildlife.

If you're a fisherman, you'll also appreciate the ban on powerboats! And Loon Lake is RICH in fish! Sunfish, rock bass, perch, northern pike, and largemouth bass are fecundly prolific on Loon Lake.

The best vacation I ever had was an impulsive getaway to Loon Lake. It was August, and sweltering HOT, inside my little apartment. I looked online for a deal, because my previous vacation plan to visit a friend on Fire Island (New York City area) had fallen through unexpectedly. I stumbled across a summer cabin rental on Loon Lake, in the Adirondacks, which was going begging. The price was within the range of my pocketbook, so I figured, why not?

I drove up to Loon Lake. The whole area was so much cooler; the air wasn't so dead and used up as the city air, with its load of car exhaust and other pollutants. I just breathed in that pine scent and smiled. I dumped my bags in my cabin after completing the registration process, and went outside. A guy at the boat dock gave me an answering smile, and pointed to a sign: Canoes for rent, $5/hour....Okay, you're on!

I climbed into the canoe and paddled away from the dock, towards the throat of Loon Lake, where it narrowed into a channel to another part of the lake.

And peace came over my soul.

I could hear, faintly, in the distance, some kids having fun around the boat dock, jumping into the lake. There was a fisherman in a rowboat across the lake from me, and inside myself I wished him good luck. All around me was peace, quiet, beauty; the natural beauty of a spot that had not been exploited by man for profit. The water was clear as glass, and the sky looked like faded denim with white puffy clouds drifting across it. All surrounding the lake were tall standing pine trees, giving off the most delicious clean scent.

I was as happy as I have ever been.

A markerTown of Chester, New York State -
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Loon Lake is located in the Town of Chester, in the New York State Adirondack Mountains.


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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      They may have changed the rules since I've been there. Personally, I hope not. They had a little docking area for sailboats, rowboats and paddleboats. Nothing big. It isn't a very big lake.

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      DJ 6 years ago

      Great hub. I'm researching Loon Lake as a place for a mountain cabin getaway. Those that have been there/live there - is it true that motor boats are banned? I see a Loon Lake Marina that I think rents/docks motor boats.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love the Adirondacks, and especially Loon Lake. I've often wished I could live there, year around, in spite of the harsh winters. It would still be beautiful, I'm sure. I wonder where the loons have gone?

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      sara 6 years ago

      I live here, and you're right! It's always been beautiful. There's not too many loons these days though, and you'll have to wait for a quiet day to catch a glimpse now.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you for the visit, lambservant. I've just read one of your hubs and was just so impressed about what you had to say, I've become your follower. I do hope you get a chance to visit this wonderful spot yourself, someday.

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      Lori Colbo 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      What a beautiful place indeed. I have always loved the sound of loons. Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, it is, truly beautiful!! Thank you for the comment, JL Peterson.

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      JLPeterson 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      It looks beautiful! Good hub!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you for the comments, Red Elf, Epi, and Simone.

      REd Elf, I think there ARE some red-winged blackbirds there, the whole area thrives with wildlife!

      And Epi, my man...I'm surprised more people didn't send me up a bit, about "Loon" lake...that really is where the phrase loonies came from, the call of the loon sounds eerily like someone mentally disturbed! (Well, sort of...not to me, I think they sound poignant.) I wish I could go for a dip with you, right now!

      Simone, there really is a bird called a loon. They're very cute, sorta like black and white ducks. They sound cccrrraazzyy! I wish we were there, too, and thank you for the compliment.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Whoah! I hadn't realized that there was a real bird that was called a Loon, and that those birds pictured are the very same bird! How cool. And Loon Lake sounds enchanting. I wish I were there this very second! Beautiful Hub :D

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      .....well luckily as you know I have my own 'loon lake' right in front of me and 150 feet away is Lake Erie - and all of my neighbors are completely looney because they never go into the water for a dip - never -well, maybe I'm a looney because it's the peak of the summer right now and I go in twice a day to cool off and enjoy my environment - love this hub though - you are such a world class tour guide and I can see you have a love, passion and respect for 'your' environment also!

      lake erie time 6:43pm

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful pictures - along with your evocative descriptions, and the call of the Loon. All that's missing is the churree of my favorite Red Winged Blackbird. Your hub makes me ache to go camping.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, Mrs. Menagerie, Sweetie Pie, Sonia, and Eiddwen, for your very kind and gracious comments. Oh, yes, Loon Lake, and anywhere in the Adirondacks, is worth a summer vacation visit!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I really enjoyed this one and I now look forward to reading many more by you.

      Take care


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      sonia05 6 years ago from india

      wow! This seems like a real cool place for a peaceful holiday! Thanks for the interesting hub and great pics!

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Beautiful pictures, and I would not mind visiting a place like this.

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      Mrs. Menagerie 6 years ago from The Zoo

      Marvelous hub! I'd love to visit Loon Lake now that I've seen this!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Marellen, K9Keystrokes, and Just Ask Susan, for your wonderful comments.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Looks and sounds like a beautiful spot. I spent a few summer holidays in Owls Head, close to Malone, north of Loon Lake. Enjoyed your hub very much.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      "...Loon Lake, set like a sapphire in the palm of the forrest's hand."

      Now this is a string of words that makes me want ot hop on a plane and head East to Loon Lake! Nice job here! I seemingly was right beside you when you tell of the distant sounds of summer fun on the lake...I am so glad summer is upon us! Outstanding images too.

      UP and beautiful!


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      marellen 6 years ago

      It sounds like heaven.....I'm so glad you had a wonderful time...nothing like feeling rejuvenated. Great hub full of info....The loons remind me of the movie On Golden Pond..

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Flora. They are beautiful!

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      loons are beautiful and captivating. Very popular birds here in Canada.