Queechy Lake

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Queechy Lake
LocationCanaan, Columbia County, New York
Coordinates42°24′28″N 073°24′54″W / 42.40778°N 73.41500°W / 42.40778; -73.41500Coordinates: 42°24′28″N 073°24′54″W / 42.40778°N 73.41500°W / 42.40778; -73.41500
Typereservoir, natural lake
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area141 acres (57 ha)
Max. depth40 ft (12 m)

Queechy Lake is a lake in Canaan, Columbia County, New York. Situated near the Massachusetts state border, the lake is 40 feet (12 m) deep and contains a surface area of 141 acres (0.57 km2). The name comes from the Native American Mahican name Quis-sich-kook, of unknown meaning.[1]

The lake is located near two major roads, New York State Route 295 and New York State Route 22. Among the present fish species are brown bullhead, brown trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed, bluegill, rock bass, rainbow trout, black crappie and yellow perch.[2][3] Queechy Lake is a natural body of water; however, sometime prior to 1910, the water levels were raised as a result of the construction of a dam along the Stony Kill, a tributary of Queechy Lake. The purpose of the dam was to store water that would supply mills located downstream. In the early 19th century, a summer of dry weather contributed to decreased water levels, which exposed a muddy surface at the lower end of the lake.[4]


  1. ^ Aboriginal place names of New York, By William Martin Beauchamp, page 48
  2. ^ Eric H. Newman (2002). Flyfisher's guide to New York. Wilderness Adventures Press. p. 158. ISBN 1-885106-92-0.
  3. ^ "Region 4: Queechy Lake" (PDF). New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  4. ^ Annual report of the State Department of Health of New York. State Department of Health of New York. 1910. p. 500.