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Visiting Cooperstown [Part 5]

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 1, 2010

This is the next to last installment of the photograph collection from my recent trip to Cooperstown, New York.

For β€œPart 4β€³ of this series, click here.

This installment is a quick viewing of some Otsego Lake pictures. Next up, in the final installment of this collection, we will get back to "baseball" and have some plaque snapshots from the Hall.

First, here's some information about Otsego Lake via -

Proclaimed to be one of the prettiest lakes in New York, Otsego Lake is loved by the residents who live there and those lucky enough to have visited. The lake has been immortalized by the author James Fenimore Cooper who based the setting of several of his novels at the lake he fictionalized as Glimmerglass Lake.

Otsego Lake was formed thousands of years ago by glaciers carving through the land and reaches a maximum depth of 160 feet. With views of forests and mountains this lake is a great family lake for boating, tubing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing. Well groomed beach and swimming areas for relaxing and watching the lake activity make the lake an inviting place to spend a few days. Nearby marinas and launching ramps provide easy access to this great lake. Fishing is fantastic with large populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead, cisco, Atlantic salmon, lake trout, chain piceral, pumpkinseed, rock bass, walleye, lake whitefish, yellow perch and brown trout. Fishing guides and charters are available locally to ensure that your fishing trip ends with a memorable catch. During the cold frozen winter months, Otsego Lake is still a great playground with ice skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and winter hiking trails.

At the southern end of the lake is the town of Cooperstown, New York known for the Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

To be candid, I'm much more of an "ocean" person than a "lake" person. (I've always lived no more than 30 minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean.) But, every time I visit Cooperstown, I always make it a point to stop by and see Otsego Lake. It's huge - and beautiful. And, if you're visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame with others who may not be as fanatical as you are about baseball stuff, it's a nice break in the day to relax (and recharge) and see the lake and maybe do an hour boat tour, as we did during our recent trip there. Also, the tour is the best way to get a good look at Kingfisher Tower - which is an interesting structure that dates back to 1876.

Here are some of the sights at Otsego Lake from our visit there.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos.

Lake Front Motel Glimmerglass Queen boat tours, Cooperstown NY.

The Glimmerglass Queen, Cooperstown, NY.

Heading out on to Otsego Lake, Cooperstown NY.

Heading away from shore, and on to Otsego Lake, Cooperstown, NY.

Kingfisher Tower at Otsego Lake, Cooperstown, NY, from a distance.

A closer look at Kingfisher Tower, Otsego Lake, Cooperstown, NY.

Kingfisher Tower in Otsego Lake, Cooperstown, NY.

6 Responses to “Visiting Cooperstown [Part 5]”

  1. Bob Adams Says:

    Those are beautiful pictures you have shared. I hope to make it up there to visit the Baseball HOF sometime soon.

  2. Steve Lombardi Says:

    Thanks Bob - it's a pleasure to share them and nice to hear that you enjoyed them.

  3. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    Again, thanks to Steve for this great photo tour of Cooperstown. Gives me a new appreciation for Natty Bumpo and Company.

  4. Steve Lombardi Says:

    LOL, Frank. I had to google Natty Bumppo.

    Proves my wife right every time she says to me "When was the last time you read a book that had nothing to do with baseball?"

    ...For the record, I probably have about 400 baseball books surrounding me in my office as I type this... πŸ˜‰

  5. KenH Says:

    Very nice Steve. Incidentally, I have never seen the Atlantic Ocean. I have been in the Pacific, but have never made it that far east. One day...

  6. Steve Lombardi Says:

    Thanks Ken. I've always lived near the Atlantic. And, now, I'm somewhat spoiled - I only have to drive for 15-20 minutes if I want to stick my feet in the ocean. And, I've seen the Pacific, in person, twice. They're both great, in the right spots. If you ever get to Cooperstown, do check out Otsego Lake if you like water. It really is very clean.