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Brantingham enjoys time within each of the 4 seasons, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. Temperatures in the summer average in the mid to high 70’s and can get up to the 90’s Farenheight at times. Winters can be quite frigid at temperatures well below 0 but averaging in the mid to high 20’s. Brantingham gets an average snowfall of 200 inches per year. The cold weather and proximity to lake effect snow make it an ideal location for those who enjoy the snow such as snowmobilers and skiers. Summers welcome a variety of water and boating activities as well as Mountain Biking, ATV riding, hiking, and Horseback riding. Fall is an especially beautiful season when all the trees turn colors.
The floor of Pleasant Lake is lined with organic matter, Aquatic plants, silt, and mud. The water is generally clear and contains brown tannins giving the lake a clear brown hue. On sunny days you can see down about 4-6 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 completely.
On the average summer day, the lake is calm and smooth offering a nicer reflection of the sky and water line.
Pleasant Lake has a small range of fish inhabiting its waters. An occasional turtle will make an appearance now and again.
The Brantingham General Store usually will have Bait and Fishing supplies for sale.
In the summer the lake is home to Loons, ducks, seagulls, and Geese. You will find occasional sightings of Bald Eagles, Blue Herrins, and other birds like Blue Jays, Robbins, Chickadees, Hummingbirds, and Finches. Red, Grey Squirrels, and Chipmunks are commonly found scurrying up and down trees. Black Bears have been known to ransack garbage containers at night, but are rarely seen during the day. Deer are commonly seen walking along the lake and in the winter walking across it. There are also Fox, Beavers, Mink, and Racoons found in the area.
Pleasant Lake is a non-motorized private lake.
Access is only available if you find a vacation rental on the lake, are granted access by a resident of the lake or via Camp Aldersgate, A Catholic summer Camp / Retreat.
Brantingham has 3 Primary Restaurants that are all less than 1 mile from Brantingham Lake. The Pine Tree Tavern, The Coachlight Inn, and the Brantingham Inn and Motel.
There is one General Store also appropriately named The Brantingham General Store. In the center of all these locations is the Brantingham Fire Department.
View Virtual Tour of Restaurants and Stores here: BRANTINGHAM
In the summer Brantingham is a hot tourist area for area ATV and UTV riders. The area boasts some of the best riding trails in New England and is host to the local ATV club the Black River Valley Four Wheeler Club Inc. Their site can be found here: BLACK RIVER VALLEY FOUR WHEELER CLUB
A trail permit is required to ride the local trails. They can be purchased in person at Kovach Repair in Brantingham. Kovach Repair does not have a website but their Facebook page is: KOVACH REPAIR
Trail Permits can be purchased online from Lewis County here: LEWIS COUNTY TRAIL PERMITS
Just outside Brantingham toward Greig is the motocross race track called High Voltage MX. They do not have a website but you can find news and updates on their Facebook page: HIGH VOLTAGE MX.
In Winter, Brantingham is a popular snowmobiling area. Because of its high elevation, it receives a large amount of lake effect snow and tends to have better snow conditions than that of the lower elevation surrounding areas. The Brantingham trail system ties into that of the Popular Tug Hill Plateau trail systems that are tremendously popular. Brantingham’s benefit is that it is just far enough out of the way that their trails do not get overrun with traffic and the trails tend to stay in better condition longer.
The local trails are Groomed and Maintained by the local Snowmobile Club, The Brantingham Snowmads. The Snowmads are a phenomenal club and one of the best at tending to the trails the moment the snow hits the ground. Snowmobilers are graced with a great riding experience throughout the entire Winter season because of the Snowmads dedication and care.
Trail Permits and Club memberships are available by contacting them through their website here: BRANTINGHAM SNOWMADS
Grant Island Rentals rents Jetskis, ATV, UTV, Kayaks, SUP’s, Paddleboats, Rowboats, Canoes, Sailboats, and many other vehicles. You can book online directly from their site here: GRANT ISLAND RENTALS
Kovach Repair has several snowmobiles for rent during the winter. You can contact them here: KOVACH REPAIR
DRIVE FORCE REHAB and KOVACH REPAIR.
Brantingham is host to a very nice 18-hole golf course appropriately named the BRANTINGHAM GOLF COURSE. The Course borders Brantingham Lake, the Lily pond, and Lake of the Pines.
View Virtual Tour of Golf Course here: GOLF COURSE