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Allegany State Park – Quaker Lake

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.

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Gypsy Trail Cabin #30
Our two-night accommodation
(Sept 2000)
Quaker Lake was the only park attraction that we saw that weekend.
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Quaker Lake (Sept 2000)

We have seen Quaker Lake numerous times since our first visit to the park.

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Quaker Lake has a sandy beach for swimming. (Jul 2005)

PA177581Quaker Lake (Oct 2008)

QB082284_edited-1Quaker Lake (Nov 2009)
Isn’t the reflection on the lake awesome?
The lake was very still, not a water ripple anywhere on the lake.

P1217995Quaker Lake in the Wintertime (Jan 2009)

E1275802 4x6Here is another Winter scene of Quaker Lake (Jan 2013)

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?

QB082271_edited-1Taft Cabin (Nov 2009)

The stream crosses the road (ASP 3), and that’s where we found this stone structure sitting on a rock.

QB082272_edited-1Stone Structure Along Stream (Nov 2009)

For further information on Allegany State Park, please visit the following websites:

Allegany State Park from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

This blog post completes my week-long sharing with you of our visits to Allegany State Park.  I hope that you enjoyed your visit!

5 Responses to “Allegany State Park – Quaker Lake”

  1. Rose

    Oh, Linda, don’t know where to begin…the cabin you guys rented is appealing enough…I would love it. But boy, that other one….I sure would love it. And I certainly enjoyed ALL these photos…such a beautiful place.

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  2. StellaLouise

    Lovely photos & place to visit for day trip, but our requirements are: A/C in summer, central heat in winter, indoor plumbing to include shower AND toilet ADA accessible preferred , no bugs indoors – screened porch a welcome amenity, and dog friendly. Include all linens of course, no smoking. All conveniences of an indoor kitchen including pots & pans, dishes, flatware, cooking utensils, etc. Nope, don’t think we will be renting that cabin. My camping days are DONE!

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  3. seniorhiker

    I’ve enjoyed all of your posts about this park. The covered bridge in the previous post is pretty neat. I think I would enjoy spending a few days in either of the cabins you showed in this post.

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