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Greenwood Lake is an interstate lake approximately seven miles (12 km) long, straddling the border of New York and New Jersey. It is located in Greenwood Lake, New York (in Orange County) and West Milford, New Jersey (in Passaic County). The lake was originally called "Quampium" by the Munsee Native Americans who lived there. It was renamed "Long Pond" by Europeans, who settled the area in the 18th century for farming and ironmaking, and eventually came to be re-christened "Greenwood Lake." It was dammed up ca. 1765 by Peter Hasenclever of The American Company to increase the size of the lake for water power used downstream at the Long Pond Ironworks. The original dam was located even with is today's Fox Island, with most of the lake extending north of the state line. In 1837, the lake was again dammed, but at the location of the current dam, this time by the Morris Canal & Banking Company to supply water to the Pompton Feeder of the Morris Canal. The enlarged lake now flooded the Succor Brook at the northern end, forming the East Arm, surrounded "Lime Ridge" to create Chapel Island, and flooded the extreme southern end, including parts of Belcher Creek. The enlarged lake began to attract tourists. The Montclair and Greenwood Lake Railway reached the lake at Awosting around 1874, and the "State Line" (later Sterling Forest) depot was established around 1876. (This railway later became the New York and Greenwood Lake Railway, and then the Greenwood Lake Division of the Erie Railway.) During its resort era, several steamboats operated on the lake, including the Greenwood Lake Transportation Company's Arlington, Milford, and their side-wheeler, Montclair, built in 1876, which had two decks and is reported to have been capable of carrying from 200 to 400 passengers. There were also other steamers that were privately run, such as the Pioneer and the Anita, and smaller steam launches, such as the Wilhemina, the Carrie T., and the Ferncliff, run by specific hotels. These steamboats met the trains and took passengers to the various resorts around the lake in both states. There is a seaplane area on the lake, a few large marinas and lakeside restaurants with docks. Greenwood Lake Airport just south of the lake has a runway long enough to handle small jets. There are numerous marinas and restaurants along Greenwood Lake. In 2011, the film "The Magic of Bell Isle" starring Morgan Freeman was filmed along the lake.

The Greenwood Lake is a serene and beautiful place to visit in upstate New York. The lake is surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills, and it's the perfect spot for a peaceful picnic or a relaxing day of fishing. The water is crystal clear and the perfect temperature for swimming, and there's also a small beach area where you can soak up the sun. If you're looking for a quiet getaway from the city, the Greenwood Lake is definitely worth checking out.

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Greenwood Lake
Greenwood Lake, NY, USA

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Starting Point

The Greenwood Lake is located in New York. To get to the start of the trails, take exit 16 from I-87 and follow NY-17 West. Take the first exit (West Milford) and turn left onto NJ-23 North. After 2.5 miles, turn right onto Lakeside Road. The entrance to the park will be on your left.

Why visit Greenwood Lake

The Greenwood Lake is a beautiful place to visit in New York. The lake is surrounded by the mountains, which makes for a stunning view. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy on the lake, such as fishing, swimming, and boating. The town of Greenwood Lake is also charming and has a lot of shops and restaurants to explore.

Is Greenwood Lake in New York a good place for the whole family?

There is no definitive answer to this question since what may be a good place for one family may not be ideal for another. That said, Greenwood Lake is a picturesque town located in the heart of the Hudson Valley and offers plenty of activities and attractions that should appeal to people of all ages. From fishing and boating to hiking and biking, there is something for everyone in the area.

Things not to be missed

The best activities near Greenwood Lake in New York are hiking, fishing, and boating.

1. Hiking: There are plenty of hiking trails in the area, including the Appalachian Trail.

2. Boating: Greenwood Lake is a popular spot for boating and fishing.

3. Camping: There are several campgrounds in the area, including Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks.

4. Horseback Riding: There are several stables in the area that offer horseback riding.

5. Skiing: The Catskills are a popular spot for skiing and snowboarding.

Where to eat?

1. The Boathouse at Greenwood Lake – This restaurant is located on the water and offers amazing views of the lake. They serve American cuisine and have a wide variety of dishes to choose from.

2. The Rusty Nail – This is a local favorite in Greenwood Lake and is known for their burgers and sandwiches. They also have a large selection of beers on tap.

3. The Lighthouse Inn – This inn is located on the edge of the lake and offers beautiful views of the water. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have a wide variety of dishes to choose from.

4. The Grist Mill – This restaurant is located in a historic building and serves American cuisine. They have a wide variety of dishes to choose from and are known for their pizza.

5. The Dock – This restaurant is located on a dock right on the lake and offers amazing views of the water. They serve American cuisine and have a wide variety of dishes to choose from.

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