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.
Science Lake is a man-made lake. The lake is a small impoundment of Quaker Run.
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.
The view from Science Lake Dam is beautiful in any season.
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.
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!