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Allegany State Park – Science Lake

Yesterday was a gorgeous day.  Even though it was a chilly day, there was lots of sunshine with blue skies.  Bob and I got out and enjoyed the sunny day at a state park not far from our home.

Yesterday’s destination was Allegany State Park near Salamanca, New York. Allegany State Park is New York’s largest state park and is known for its natural beauty. The park is divided into two sections: the Red House area and the Quaker Run area. The Red House Area is the northern half of Allegany State Park. Its attractions include Stone Tower, Red House Lake, the Thomas L. Kelly Covered Bridge, and the Tudor-style Administration Building. The Quaker Run area is the southern half of the park. Its attractions include Quaker Lake, Science Lake, anAmphitheater, and Thunder Rocks.

Allegany State Park is a frequent destination for Bob and me, as the park is only an hour’s drive from our house (see map below).

With the exception of one weekend camping trip several years ago, our visits to the park last only a few hours. We visit various attractions, which I photograph.  We sometimes shop at the gift store and eat lunch at the Red House Restaurant, both of which are located in the Administration Building. I would like very much to spend a weekend, once again, at Allegany State Park. Perhaps this summer or fall…

In each of my blog posts this week I will share with you photographs of Allegany State Park, both from yesterday’s visit as well as from past visits. Science Lake is the subject of today’s blog post.

Science Lake is one of three lakes in Allegany State Park. Science Lake, located in the Quaker Run area, is the smallest of the three lakes.

E1275778 4x6Science Lake (Jan 2013)

E1275779 4x6Science Lake (Jan 2013)

Science Lake is a man-made lake.  The lake is a small impoundment of Quaker Run.

P1217996Science Lake (Jan 2009)
The Science Lake Dam is just visible at the far right corner of the photograph.

According to Wikipedia, Science Lake was built in 1926 and was the first official swimming area in the park. The lake is no longer a swimming area. It does, though, have its purpose. The lake is stocked with trout each Spring. I do not fish; however, the dock at Science Lake looks like it would be a lovely place from which to fish.

E6231290 4x6Science Lake (June 2012)

E1275785 4x6Here is what Science Lake Dam looked like yesterday (Jan 2013).

DA247538 4x6I took this photograph of Science Lake Dam from the side opposite of the fishing deck (Oct 2010).

E1275782 4x6Science Lake Dam (Jan 2013)

The view from Science Lake Dam is beautiful in any season.

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Science Lake (Nov 2009)
The reflection on the lake was awesome.
A perfect mirror effect was created as there wasn’t one water ripple on the lake.

E1275781 4x6Science Lake (Jan 2013)

In addition to providing recreational fishing, several beavers make their home at Science Lake.  While searching the Internet for information on Science Lake, I found several photographs of beavers that were taken on the lake. Note to self: Look for beavers the next time we visit Allegany State Park in non-winter months!

8 Responses to “Allegany State Park – Science Lake”

  1. Joe Todd

    Love the different season photos…What a beautiful place..No sunshine in Ohio but is warmer with rain instead of snow…

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  2. Rose

    Oh, Linda, some gorgeous shots here…sure makes me want to visit this place. Do people fish that lake, and do you or Bob like to fish. I love fishing, but think I partly love it cause it is a time to be quiet and enjoy nature…but then, I do love the fishing, too.

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    • Linda G.

      Yes, people do fish in Science Lake. Neither Bob nor I fish. Bob has fished before but hasn’t shown any interest in doing so since I have known him. I have never fished.

      Reply
  3. Lorraina

    Beautiful! Looks like a great place to visit and you did a fab job of capturing the same location summer and winter.

    Reply
  4. Betsy Adams

    Hi Linda, I love seeing the pictures of the lake/park during different seasons. Such a gorgeous place. You all go there as much as we drive an hour to Fall Creek Falls….. Isn’t it nice to have such beauty so close to your home?

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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