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BRANTINGHAM LAKE is within the Adirondack Park, located east of Brantingham, New York in Lewis County, New York. Once primarily occupied by seasonal residents occupying their camps as summer destinations only, Brantingham is more and more often becoming a year-round home. Increased property expenses have made it difficult for seasonal only residents to maintain the expenses of two homes.
The Lake covers 341 acres (1.38 km2) with about eleven miles (18 km) of shoreline according to Wikipedia. The lake has a maximum depth of around 70 feet, and an average depth of 30 feet in accordance with fluctuating yearly water levels. There are two islands present, Grant (or Round) Island, and Dark Island. There are two sand bars on the lake, one is referred to as ‘sunken island’ and is in the middle of the southwestern end of the lake. It is a popular location for boaters, especially pontoon boats, to anchor and hang out. Depending on the yearly water levels, these sand bars may only be covered by a few feet of water, requiring caution from boaters. In the summer season, these shallow points are marked by large white and red buoys.
On the southwestern side of the lake, is an inlet leading to the portion of the lake that is referred to as the “Brantingham Lily Pond”. Two bridges cross over this inlet. The wood walking bridge nearest the lake is a remaining remnant of the old Brantingham Inn Hotel which burned down in the 1970s. The other about 200 feet in from the lake is a concrete bridge where Cottage Road crosses the inlet. Both bridges are navigable by most motorboats as long as the motor is trimmed up. The maximum width is about 10 feet and the height is only around 5 – 6 feet high. The average water level is only around 2.5 feet deep through this inlet. Any boats traveling under either bridge will need to take down their awnings and be physically cautious of the height so as not to hit their head.
At the far end of the Lily Pond is the dam that serves as the water outlet to the lake. This outlet drains into Lake of the Pines, a small nearby non-motorized lake. The lake level is controlled by this dam. Lake levels are dropped in Mid October and are again raised up in Mid May every year. The purpose is to prevent damage from drifting icebergs when the water is melting in the spring. These floating icebergs regularly damage docks and boathouses in their path when water flow and/or wind move them. This down period serves as an opportunity for the residents of the lakeshore to make repairs and maintenance to their shorelines.
Due to wave action from boats over recent years the lakes shoreline recession has accelerated. Many residents have built retaining walls to reclaim and protect their land from washing away.
Brantingham is a popular boating lake. You will find Ski boats, Pontoon boats, Jetski’s, Kayaks, SUP’s (stand-up paddleboards) Sailboats, and many other floating sporting equipments on the lake. Residents often are found waterskiing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, and tubing behind boats. The largest typical boat size on the lake is around 23 feet long. Most larger boats are not found on the lake and would be frowned upon by local residents.
Brantingham Lake has one general known boat launch located on North Shore rd. There are other locations on the lake for boats to be launched but the nearby residents do not promote or invite use. The lake is considered a public lake however there is little to no public parking available making it difficult for local residents and lake guests to reasonably access the lake.
A campground about 3 miles from the lake is scheduled to be built in 2022 and has caused great debate within the local community.
Brantingham enjoys time equally within each of the 4 seasons, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. See more here: Brantingham Weather Conditions
Brantingham Lake is a clean freshwater lake. The floor of Brantingham Lake, unlike most other lakes in the state, is mostly NOT lined with plant life. It’s generally a rock and sand floor and offers a more appealing appearance and feel to water goers than that of other lakes in the state. This makes Brantingham Lake a popular lake for swimming and water activities. The water is quite clear and contains brown tannins giving the lake a clear brown hue. On sunny days you can see down 8-10 feet.
The lake’s temperature in mid-summer ranges from 70 – 75 on average and fluctuates with the recent air temperatures and rain levels. In the winter the lake freezes enough to allow snowmobilers and large vehicles to drive across the ice.
On the average summer day, the lake is calm and smooth offering a nicer reflection of the sky and water line. Only on days of high boat usage will there be wave action or chop to the water.
In the summer the lake is home to several Loons. They are responsible for keeping the fish population lower than in recent years as they feast on Brantingham’s plentiful fish population. Cormorants are also seen diving underwater for fish and popping up large distances away. You will find occasional sightings of Bald Eagles, Blue Herrins and other birds like Blue Jays, Robbins, Chickadees, Hummingbirds, and Finches.
Brantingham lake is a great locations for fishing . The lake is home to Blue Gill, northern pike, Brown Bullhead, Lake Whitefish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rock Bass, White Sucker, and Yellow Perch. In recent years Brantingham Lake has been stocked with Rainbow Trout.
In the winter it’s common to see ice fishing tents on the lakes. The lily pond area is known to have snapping turtles though they are rarely seen. Fishing permits are required and are loosely regulated. The Brantingham General Store usually will have Bait and Fishing supplies for sale.
Here you can see more details on the local town of Brantingham, NY
Brantingham Lake has about 25 Vacation Rentals along its shores. Most of them are only rented in the Summer but there are a handful that are rented year round. The main summer rentals are rented for weeks at a time so make sure to get your reservations early in the year.
Brantingham has 3 Primary Restaurants that are all less than 1 mile from Brantingham Lake.
There is one General Store in Brantingham.
View Virtual Tour of Restaurants and Stores here: BRANTINGHAM LAKE
Grant Island Rentals rents Kayaks, SUP’s, Paddleboats, Rowboats, Canoes, Sailboats, and many other vehicles. You can book online directly from their website here:
Kovach Repair has several snowmobiles for rent during the winter.
Brantingham is host to a great 18-hole golf course appropriately named the
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If something breaks down or you need help, which most of us will. These are the guys you’re going to need to call. Both are very helpful and professional and provide winter boat storage services.