Wednesday June 21st is the first day of summer and the temperatures around New York State this week are expected to be right around 80 degrees! Time to head to one of our more than 7,600 lakes, take a dip and launch the boat!

With so many beautiful lakes to enjoy how does any one in particular stand out? We have the famous Finger Lakes, Lake Placid and the family vacation favorite Lake George. For the rest to stand out they must offer something unique like, which New York State lake is the deepest?

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To find the deepest lake in the United States you would have to go all the way across the country to Crater Lake, also known as "lake majesty", in Oregon. This lake is 1,943 feet deep and is filled solely by snow and rainfall.

According to the World Atlas, Lake Erie is the biggest lake in New York State at 9910 square miles with Lake Ontario second at 7340 square miles BUT Oneida Lake is the biggest lake completely within New York at 80 square miles. As big as that is, it is not the deepest.

Photo by Jackson Hendry on Unsplash
Photo by Jackson Hendry on Unsplash

The deepest lake in New York State, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is Seneca Lake at a maximum depth of 618 feet. Seneca Lake is also the State's second largest lake with 43,393 acres. To realize just how deep that is check this out;

  • The Space Needle in Seattle would be covered by another 13 feet of water
  • Stack 2 Statue of Liberty's and still have 8 more feet of water
  • A stack of 88 Shaq's
  • The Corning Tower in Albany would be buried by 29 feet of water

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While this list is not exactly the Guinness Book of World Records material, it does illustrate the Upstate New York can hold a candle to any place when it comes to setting unique records.

Here is a list of 16 of the biggest, shorted, oddest, longest, one-of-a-kindest, deepest, and weirdest factoids about our region.

If nothing else, this list will make a great conversation starter at your next get-together!

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