Schenevus Lake, located in the rural Otsego County town of Schenevus, New York, is a picturesque body of water renowned for its serene environment and natural beauty. This tranquil retreat is a favorite among locals and visitors, offering a peaceful escape amid lush greenery, rolling hills, and abundant wildlife, making it a great destination for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.

Though relatively small, Schenevus Lake provides ample opportunities for recreational activities. Fishing is particularly popular, with a variety of fish species inhabiting the lake. Boating, kayaking, and canoeing are also common, allowing for a serene exploration of the water and its scenic surroundings. During warmer months, the lake’s calm waters invite swimming and picnicking by the shore.

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Beyond its natural allure, Schenevus Lake fosters a strong sense of community among residents. Local events and gatherings frequently occur by the lake, enhancing the community spirit. Each season brings unique experiences: the vibrant colors of fall foliage, the quiet beauty of a snow-covered landscape in winter, and the blooming flora in spring and summer.

Senator Peter Oberacker via Facebook
Senator Peter Oberacker via Facebook
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The Friends of Schenevus Lake, a non-profit group are behind the revitalization of the property. Member Steve Barton said: "The Friends of Schenevus Lake was formed three years ago.  Our group collects tax deductible donations which we use to fund recreational programs and capital projects at Schenevus Lake Park and the surrounding area. Donations to The Friends of Schenevus Lake Inc. have allowed us to purchase two picnic tables and materials for a camp stove that have been installed in the field above the beach parking lot.  We have also been able to purchase all the equipment and supplies needed for the park beach."

Schenevus resident Elijah Reed has recently completed his Eagle Scout project by installing a new lifeguard rest shack on the beach at Schenevus Lake Park. This new facility provides a secure place for lifeguards to store their personal belongings, manage swimming program paperwork, and keep beach equipment safe. The lake's recreational swimming program has resumed after a ten year absence.

Senator Peter Oberacker via Facebook
Senator Peter Oberacker via Facebook
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Ongoing preservation efforts by local organizations and volunteers aim to maintain the lake's pristine condition, ensuring it remains a cherished natural haven for future generations. Schenevus Lake is truly a gem of Schenevus, offering a blend of relaxation, recreation, and community connection in a stunning natural setting.

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