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Otsego Lake

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Address: Cooperstown, NY
Phone Number: +1 607-547-2543
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This picturesque nine-mile-long lake is the centerpiece of Cooperstown.

This picturesque nine-mile-long lake is the centerpiece of Cooperstown.

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I love this lake

I have lived in Cooperstown almost all of my life. I currently live right next to the lake. I love all the moods and scenes of the lake. The lake is not overly used. The busiest... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
maggiem1947
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Cooperstown, New York
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Cooperstown, New York
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35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have lived in Cooperstown almost all of my life. I currently live right next to the lake. I love all the moods and scenes of the lake. The lake is not overly used. The busiest night of the year is the night of the fireworks! Mostly the lake is my spot of serenity!

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Thank maggiem1947
Columbus, Georgia
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98 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

While visiting the Cooper Museum, we sat on a bench beside the lake and it was so serene. It was truly breathtaking and relaxing. The view all around is unbelievable, especially with the leaves turning color. Post card perfect.

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Thank mike w
Perrysburg, Ohio
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen. The color is breathtaking. Because I was there in the fall, the leaves looked like a tapestry.

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Thank Mary C
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Viewed via Glimmerglass Queen Cruise. Their are 3 beaches and places to rent boats and kayaks for pleasure and fishing.

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Redwood City, CA
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We enjoyed our short visit to,this scenic lake. The leaves are just starting to change, creating a ring of color all the way around the lake. On a weekday morning it is quiet and peaceful here and the locals come just to chat or have lunch.

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Cooperstown, New York
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I have been using this lake for more than 25 years and it is not easy to find access for a fishing boat. There is a bit of a scary ramp right at the end of Fair Street by the Lakefront Hotel. By scary I mean it drops off quickly in depth. There is another access site just behind the... More 

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Naples, Florida
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73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We enjoyed a cruise on the lake. What a beautiful lake. Apparently most of it is privately owned so there are many green areas on the lake and not so many houses and cottages. The tour we took was lovely although I would have wanted a bit more narrative than what was offered. In any event, it was an enjoyable... More 

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Thank middlebeach41
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a very special lake. For starters, it has a castle, which you do not always find. There are three public swimming sites, Fairy Springs, Three Mile Point and Glimmerglass state park, the last being the largest. If you are there when there is not a lot of motorboat traffic it is very peaceful.

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The glimmer glass boat ride was an amazing surprise to our Cooperstown visit. It was a beautiful day and the water, always, was clean and sparkling. We were hopeful there would be enough people to take the ride as they must have at least 12 passengers to depart. Luckily there was just the right amount and we left the dock... More 

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south plainfield
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We took an hour long boat ride on this lake, on the Glimmerglass Queen Ship. Tour is narrated with a recording. But seeing the Kingfisher tower made this ride unique. Very peaceful, lake not overly developed. I would definitely try it, though it only departs Spring and Fall Weds through Sunday Limited hours, call to verify

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