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Spring-fed 70-acre Woods Lake is the ideal spot to rejuvenate, recreate and relax. This Adirondack jewel
is among the last of its kind. Lapland Lake owns the
northern third of the lake; the remaining shoreline is protected New York State forestland which, by state law, can never be developed. Other than two private homes (one belonging to the Hirvonen family), the lake shore is
totally undeveloped and stunningly beautiful.
A number of years ago, Ann and Olavi introduced a restrictive covenant which protects the lake from motorized use. Sitting by the lakeshore, instead of the intrusive noise of jet skis and motorboats, you’ll hear only the sounds of Nature including the haunting sound of the loon, the croak of the toad and the sound of
summer breezes drifting over the water.
Our end of the lake has a lovely sandy beach, gently sloping swimming area with lines at 2, 4, 6, and 8 foot depths
with a swim dock in the 8-foot area. Use of kayaks,
canoes, rowboats and paddle boats is complimentary. A rope hammock is the perfect spot to wile away the afternoon, and children will be amused by the lake’s
newts (like the little fellow to the left), building sand castles and the seemingly endless supply of beach toys conveniently located in the lakeshore boathouse.
A picnic table holds a water jug, Adirondack chairs scattered along the shore offer a place to relax and chaise lounges are provided.
kayaking or paddle-boating along the lake shore is such a pleasant pastime. Take along your fishing gear to
the lake and hook abundant smallmouth bass,
rainbow trout, perch, pickerel and bullhead with brook trout
our streams. The water is
incredibly clear and clean – the fish are fun to
catch and release!
Our beaver family is the source of much mirth and work… just ask Olavi who routinely has to clear their cuttings from the lake outlet! A couple of beaver dens line the shore at the far end of the lake. Occasionally, an otter will make an appearance as well! A variety of ducks and
several graceful kingfisher call Woods Lake their home.
A lakeside swing set rounds out the activities for children who meet many new friends at the beach. It is not uncommon for families to become acquainted here at
Lapland Lake and plan their subsequent vacations here with
one another. This warm and gentle place encourages friendships.
After the sun sets and the moon and stars appear, be sure to take a canoe
or kayak out to enjoy the view. There isn’t a prettier sight to behold!
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Photos from our May 28, 2013 brook trout
stocking. More than 1,700 fish have been stocked in Woods
Lake since spring of 2013 (500 brookies and 700-800 rainbow
trout in 2013 and an additional 470 rainbow trout in spring of
2014). It's a lively lake!