Bob and I visited Allegany State Park near Salamanca, New York, this past Sunday. We visit the park frequently, as it is within an hour’s drive from our house. My blog posts this week have showcased photographs from all of our visits to Allegany State Park. The subject of today’s blog post is Quaker Lake.
Quaker Lake is a man-made lake. Its 3.8-mile shoreline is virtually undeveloped and consists primarily of mowed fields with some wooded areas. Roads parallel most of the lake. Quaker Lake serves many recreational purposes such as fishing (including ice fishing in the winter), boating and swimming.
My first visit to Allegany State Park was in September 2000. We spent two nights in a rustic one-room cabin in the Quaker Run area. The amenities of this cabin were few. The cabin had a cooking range, a table with benches, a wood stove and four beds. There was no electricity and no indoor plumbing. Although amenities were sparse, it had a lot going for it. Trees surrounded the cabin, creating a tranquil and peaceful setting. The porch invited one to sit and relax. From the porch we could see and hear a babbling brook, take in the scent of a wood fire, listen to the birds sing and hear the rustle of squirrels and chipmunks among the fallen leaves.
Our two-night accommodation
We have seen Quaker Lake numerous times since our first visit to the park.
Isn’t the reflection on the lake awesome?
The lake was very still, not a water ripple anywhere on the lake.
A particular cabin in the Quaker Area catches my eye each time we visit the park. It has a screened porch and four rooms, of which three are bedrooms. There is cold running water in the sink only. Shower facilities are located nearby. The cabin is gas heated and not available for year-round rental. Typically, the cabin is closed after Columbus Day. What do you think? Would you want to stay in this cabin?
The stream crosses the road (ASP 3), and that’s where we found this stone structure sitting on a rock.
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This blog post completes my week-long sharing with you of our visits to Allegany State Park. I hope that you enjoyed your visit!